Back to Top

Issues

I will always do the RIGHT thing the RIGHT way for the RIGHT reason.

I promise to provide the constituents of SC House District 69 Leadership That Works

...for Families

...for Taxpayers

...for Small Business Owners

...for Retirees

...for Students

...for State Employees

...for Veterans

...for Teachers

...for Motorists

...for Homeowners

 

District 69 Needs Responsive, Visible Representation

Our all digital, social media driven society has made personal contact a thing of the past. Just like I believe in the importance of sitting down at the kitchen table for dinner with my family, I also believe in the value of having leaders who are accessible, visible, and an active part of our local community. You can count on me to make constituent service and community involvement a priority when I am your Representative. Introduce yourself if you see me at Salsarita's, call me if you have a concern about your power bill, stop and talk to me if you run into me at Wal-mart (I'm usually there in sweats with no make-up, but that's just who I am). Anytime and anyplace, I'm your neighbor and I represent YOU, so I will always have time for YOU.


Ethics Reform

EthicsMoral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an activity.  --The Oxford English Dictionary

South Carolina's system of ethics rules, compliance, and penalties is based on self-reporting, electronic filing, and paperwork. This system does nothing to truly protect our State's citizens and interests from unethical activity and does very little - if anything - to root out abusers and misconduct.

Ethics is behavior. S.C. cannot continue to rely on a system that places "ethics" in a silo off to the side while permitting business as usual to continue. Power and influence in SC is held in a very few hands and as long as this persists, true ethics reform will never occur. 

Ethics laws - and the investigation and enforcement of them - should apply to ALL public officials. Exemptions and special rules for the General Assembly must go.

Freedom Of Information Act requirements should apply, without exemptions and special rules, to all public bodies including the General Assembly, party caucuses, and other legislative committees and bodies. 

Campaign Disclosure laws need to be meaningful and written to ensure that citizens know and understand who is influencing our lawmakers, public officials, and members of our boards and commissions.

 

 

 

 

 

 


It's Time for STEPS Forward For Education in South Carolina

STEPS 

S is for SAFE SCHOOLS: Safe schools are my #1 priority. SC's students are our most precious resource. Our schools must be safe havens for every student from pre-K to high school and beyond. School Resource Officers are essential staff in every school. Our school buses must transport students safely and reliably. Our school buildings must be structurally and environmentally safe to ensure optimal student achievement and success.

T is for TEACHERS: The looming Teacher Shortage is quickly becoming a critical problem for South Carolina. Economic development efforts throughout our State will not be successful if we are not producing a capable workforce. I support an expansion of the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement and Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement to include students who are majoring in Education.

E is for EQUITABLE FUNDING: Equitable funding of our schools is past due. School districts in the rural parts of our State, which have little or no business and industry, and school districts in fast growing areas, like Lexington County, are hampered and harmed by the complex and out-of-balance education funding system in SC. It's time to go back to the drawing board and completely overhaul our education funding so that every student in South Carolina has the opportunity to learn, achieve, and succeed.

P is for PREVENTION THROUGH EDUCATION ABOUT OPIOIDS: South Carolina has an opioid problem. Our communities have an opioid problem. Our schools have an opioid problem. We need to get serious and purposeful about preventing the growth of the opioid problem and our schools are the place to do that. Preparing our students for future success and prosperity depends on "in your face" education programs that expose the danger and death that comes with opioid use and abuse.

S is for SUCCESS: The SC Chamber Of Commerce has identified Workforce Development as its top priority for 2018. Workforce Development is the bedrock of all Economic Development efforts. Manufacturers, businesses, and other employers throughout the private and public sector must have capable, qualified, drug-free workers to accomplish their business goals. Our public and private schools, technical and career programs, and colleges and universities must grow and strengthen their collaboration with business and industry to ensure that we are preparing students -- the future of South Carolina -- for the jobs that are waiting for them.

 


Abolish the Public Service Commission

Plain and simple: It's past time for the Public Service Commission to go. We need to abolish this ineffective group of well-paid, well-connected political favorites. I intend to introduce legislation to abolish the PSC and move jurisdiction and regulation of SC public utilities to the Administrative Law Court.


Fix SC's Tax Code

It's time for serious tax reform in South Carolina. We need to take a long, hard look at our State's cobblestone matrix of taxes, fees, and exemptions and replace it with a fair and efficient tax code that reduces our overall tax burden. Families will pay lower taxes, small businesses will keep more of their revenue, municipal governments will have the resources to plan and provide the services necessary for their communities, school districts will have more equitable and predictable funding, and state government will better be able to meet its obligations to citizens. It's time...well past time.


Local Autonomy

One of the bedrocks of South Carolina pride is our state's long history of standing for "local" autonomy. SC leaders stand strong when bureacrats and outsiders in Washington try to tell us what our State can and cannot do, even declining funds that would come with strings attached. Yet, those same leaders in our General Assembly that resist outside control are perfectly happy to tell towns, cities, counties, and school districts what to do and how to do it. Municipal governments are the closest to the citizens and are better monitors and assessors of local needs and priorities. It's time to give back to local officials the autonomy to do the jobs they were duly elected to do.


Proactive Preparation For Growth

According to a 12/20/17 article in the Post and Courier, "State analysts previously predicted South Carolina's population would exceed 5 million by 2020...Instead, the Palmetto State passed the 5 million milestone nearly three years early, during the first half of 2017...that's just about double the Palmetto State's population in 1970." SC's population is growing quickly and District 69 is experiencing that growth firsthand. We love our community because of the family values, the great schools, the healthy economy, and excellent job opportunities. Word has gotten out. State planning groups have forecast significantly more residents will move to our area in the next 20 years. Immediate improvements to roads and infrastructure are needed to catch up with years of neglect. We also need to be proactive in planning and preparing our roads, infrastructure, and public works for the growth that is coming. 


The Bill of Rights

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  (Declaration of Independence, 7/4/1776)

Our country was born out of this simple statement. 11 years later the U.S. Constitution established an ageless framework of individual liberties, limited government, and checks and balances to preserve and protect truth, equality, and "unalienable rights." 

The liberties and rights set forth in the Constitution, and most imporantly in the Bill of Rights, are immutable: 

Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

 



Committee to Elect Anne Marie Green
Powered by CampaignPartner.com - Political Campaign Websites