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Re: “Phil Noble Calls Out Nikki Haley on Economic Development

@bubba1177.... I can't agree with you more about parents needing to take a more active role in their child's education. My husband is a teacher, and I can't tell you how many times he has meetings and phone calls with parents who seem to have the hardest time taking responsibility for their kids. (He's actually heard "I caught my child smoking. She said it's because she's stressed from your class." Seriously???) However, we do need to make a stronger financial investment to provide schools with what they need to be able to teach -- history books from the 1970's aren't going to cut it. I can't tell you how much my husband and I have already paid out-of-pocket to provide necessary resources for his classroom that the school can't afford on this insanely reduced budget. It hurts the kids, it hurts the teachers, and ultimately hurts the state economy as a whole.

Sheheen is big on education. In reference to the jobs plans in this thread, he and Haley agree about reinvesting in our technical colleges. Providing qualified workers attracts businesses. Sheheen also proposes responsible investment in colleges and universities to help lower tuition costs, making them more accessible and attractive to students both in- and out-of-state.

Posted by kimbolee on August 18, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Phil Noble Calls Out Nikki Haley on Economic Development

@ninjapirate, before you say anything else that's unfounded:…

Agriculture - Sheheen talks about developing our rural communities and playing to their strengths -- this includes farming and agriculture -- in his jobs plan.
Tourism - Actually said in an interview that "Sportsman's activities, guiding, tourism, and recreation, are major economic areas of the state that must be preserved."
Technology - Further developing existing technology and creating new technology attracts businesses. With all of our health care and new energy sources already existing, it would be silly to not do this. (Read his job plan.)
Capital - Item #1 in Sheheen's jobs plan is to overhaul the Commerce Department. He wants to make it their top priority to bring jobs to the state. He also has plans to help support and develop small business and to reform the tax code.
Global/International (agreed, these are pretty much the same) - There's more out there than just South Carolina, last I checked. Sheheen recognizes that we have to compete with other states and countries in attempts to bring business HERE, and has plans to do so.
Exports - Also outlined in his jobs plan, Sheheen proposes we "Maximize the Economic Impact of Our Port." We do that, and manufacturers come to us, bringing lots of jobs with them.
Green - First: the study in Spain was only on solar and wind power production. While Sheheen does mention wind resources in his plan, he also brings up our experience in nuclear energy, initiative in hydrogren research, and the possible mass production of (yes) bio-fuels (of which I see ninjapirate seems to have a problem with?) "We will create jobs in South Carolina while reducing our energy costs and improving our vitally important conservation efforts."
Rural - Sheheen wants to create a rural infrastructure bank to help improve rural areas and thus attract more business to those areas. Rural towns are suffering under this economy...just improving those areas creates jobs for locals.

Posted by kimbolee on August 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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