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Speaker Harrell Comments on Judge Byars Appointment

December 16, 2010

Office of the Speaker

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Greg Foster

December 16, 2010

(803) 734-3125

gregfoster@schouse.gov

Speaker Harrell Comments on Judge Byars Appointment

(Columbia) – House Speaker Bobby Harrell issued the following statement about Judge William R. Byars, Jr. appointment to head the South Carolina Department of Corrections:

“Governor-elect Haley has made an excellent decision by selecting Judge Byars to run the Department of Corrections.  Judge Byars has an excellent record with his work at the Department of Juvenile Justice.  His innovative programs and cost cutting measures have produced a more efficient and more successful state agency.  With another tight budget year ahead of us, this is precisely the type of leadership we need running crucial state agencies.”

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Statement from AG McMaster on Cross Motions for Summary Judgment in HCA Lawsuit

December 16, 2010

News Release

Office Of Attorney General Henry McMaster

State of South Carolina

For Immediate Release                                                                                           Contact:  Bryan Stirling

December 16,2010                                                                                                                  803-734-4091

bstirling@scag.gov

Statement from AG McMaster on Cross Motions for Summary Judgment in HCA Lawsuit

Statement by Henry McMaster:

“I am very happy with how well the hearings on both parties motions for Summary Judgment (Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) went today in Florida. Judge Roger Vinson asked some very tough questions of both sides. I believe our argument will win out.  If the Health Care Law is not overturned as being unconstitutional, it will cost the state of South Carolina billions of dollars for just the expansion of Medicaid alone.  The states can not afford this law.”

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Gov. Sanford to Address Beaufort Rotary

December 14, 2010

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

MARK SANFORD, GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:    Ben Fox    803-734-2100    bfox@gov.sc.gov

Gov. Sanford to Address Beaufort Rotary

Columbia, S.C. – December 14, 2010 – Tomorrow (Wednesday, December 15) Gov. Mark Sanford will speak to the Beaufort Rotary Club about his two terms as governor. The meeting will take place at 12:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Beaufort (70 Lady’s Island Drive). For more information please call Ben Fox in the Governor’s Office.

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Gov. Sanford meets with ZF Transmissions Officials, Laurens County Officials, Upstate Residents

December 9, 2010

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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

MARK SANFORD, GOVERNOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ben Fox   803-734-2100   bfox@gov.sc.gov

Gov. Sanford meets with ZF Transmissions Officials, Laurens County Officials, Upstate Residents

Columbia, S.C. – December 9, 2010 – Gov. Mark Sanford today joined Dr. Ludger Reckmann, CEO of the German-based ZF Transmissions South Carolina, to discuss with Laurens County officials and residents the significance of the company’s recent decision to put down roots in South Carolina. In July Gov. Sanford joined ZF officials in Friedrichshafen, Germany to announce the company’s decision to expand its operations in South Carolina. ZF Group will invest approximately $350 million in a new manufacturing facility in Laurens County, and create 900 new jobs.

“ZF’s decision to invest in South Carolina is both incredibly significant on its own terms, and it’s further evidence that our state is taking the lead in the automotive industry. With BMW’s recent decision to undertake a massive $750 million expansion, what we’re witnessing is a new era of private sector growth that will have a transformative affect not just on the Upstate but on the state as a whole. Indeed as we near the end of our administration, I think we’re leaving South Carolina in a position to achieve new levels of economic growth. On that front I’d again thank Secretary Joe Taylor and his team at Commerce for the phenomenal job they’ve done in recruiting investment; and with regard to today’s announcement I’d thank the Laurens County Council, Marvin Moss, and the greater economic development team in Laurens County, for their many efforts.”

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Gov. Sanford to Welcome ZF Transmissions to South Carolina

December 8, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Ben Fox

803-734-2100

bfox@gov.sc.gov

Gov. Sanford to Welcome ZF Transmissions to South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. – December 8, 2010 – Tomorrow (Thursday, December 9) Gov. Mark Sanford will welcome Dr. Ludger Reckmann, the new CEO of ZF Transmissions South Carolina, at the Laurens Rotary. In July Gov. Sanford joined ZF Group in Friedrichshafen, Germany to announce the company’s decision to expand its operations in South Carolina. ZF will invest approximately $350 million in a new manufacturing facility in Laurens County, and create 900 new jobs.

Dr. Reckmann will brief Rotary members on ZF’s new facility in Laurens County. The meeting will take place at  1:00 p.m. at 126 East Public Square, Community Room, Top Floor, in Laurens. For more information please call Ben Fox in the Governor’s Office.

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Loftis Takes On Pension Reform at NAST Conference

December 8, 2010

Press Release

Contact: Daniel Brennan
Phone: (843) 997-8959

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

10 AM December 7, 2010

Loftis Takes On Pension Reform at National Association of State Treasurer’s Conference

PROVIDENCE, RI— South Carolina Treasurer-Elect Curtis Loftis was among a select group of finance officials this weekend as he attended the National Association of State Treasurers’ Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.

The conference was an invitation-only symposium for recently elected Treasurers designed to assist the transition into office. Topics for the weekend included policy, legislation and regulations, along with mentoring from veteran state finance officers.

Mr. Loftis took the lead in pension reform discussion.

“It is time for state treasurers to be proactive about reforming our pension systems and significantly decreasing our unfunded liabilities,” said Loftis. “We cannot keep kicking the can down the road to the next budgetary cycle. The time to act is now, and I intend to make South Carolina a model for the rest of the country.”

At the conclusion of the meetings, Loftis said, “This conference was an ideal environment to help me begin creating the most transparent and accountable State Treasurers’ Office in the country. Meeting with veteran State Treasurers can only help South Carolina build a more efficient and effective state government.”

NAST membership is composed of State Treasurers or Finance Officials from the US, Commonwealth territories and the District of Columbia. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, NAST serves as the national organization to educate and improve State Treasury offices.

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Release – Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011

December 1, 2010

Office of the Speaker

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2010

Contact: Greg Foster

(803) 734-3125

gregfoster@schouse.gov

House Announces Plan for

Greater Transparency in Higher Education Spending

House Members, Speaker Harrell & University Presidents to prefile the

Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011

(Columbia, SC) – At a State House Press Conference held earlier today, House Members and House Speaker Bobby Harrell, along with several College and University Presidents announced their plan to prefile legislation requiring our state’s Colleges and Universities to publicly disclose all expenditures online. The House has set two prefile dates, December 7th and December 14th.

“With another tight budget year ahead of us, we must ensure that every tax dollar is being spent wisely,” Speaker Harrell said. “This added level of transparency will make our state’s institutions of Higher Learning more accountable to taxpayers and make certain that core functions are being pursued. A greater focus on core spending functions at the institutional level is a crucial cost savings tool that will help us address budget shortfalls without raising taxes.”

Under the House’s Higher Education Transparency Act of 2011, state Colleges and Universities will be required to post online a monthly registry of all expenditures and dollar amounts – prominently displayed on their official websites for the public to see.

House Education & Public Works Committee Chairman, Phil Owens said, “This is yet another step the House is taking to make your state government more transparent and accountable. Every dollar the government spends should be accounted for, and the Higher Education Transparency Act’s online registry is an important step in making that happen.”

Harrell added, “Our state College and University Presidents, Board Members and Higher Education leaders deserve real credit for putting this transparency initiative into motion. They welcomed this move and worked with the House on creating this added level of public scrutiny to how your tax dollars are being spent.”

Higher Education Leaders attending today’s Transparency Press Conference included:

Aiken Technical College – President Susan Winsor

Central Carolina Technical College – President Tim Hardee

The Citadel – Board of Visitors Allison Love & Dillion Golf

Clemson University – President Jim Barker

Coastal Carolina University – President David DeCenzo

College of Charleston – Board Chair Gregory Padgett

Francis Marion University – VP of Administration Charlene Wages

Midlands Technical College – President Sonny White

South Carolina State University – President George Cooper

Technical College of the Lowcountry – President Tom Leitzel

Tri-County Technical College – President Ronnie Booth

Trident Technical College – Vice President Skip Godow

University of South Carolina – President Harris Pastides

Winthrop University – Board Chair Kathy Bingham

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