State Of The State Address

Gov. to lay out ideas/seek alliance

Patrick Gentry
January 22, 2019 - 3:27 pm
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When South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gives his annual State of the State address to lawmakers, he'll be laying out a vision for the coming year in a state where his office notably holds little unilateral power.

Thus, his ability to persuade South Carolina legislators will determine if his proposals ever see the light of day.

Wednesday's speech is the third major policy rollout for McMaster since winning his first full term last fall, following two years of finishing former Gov. Nikki Haley's second term.

Now with his own electoral mandate, McMaster is freer to choose areas where he'd like to focus, as opposed to managing expectations of fulfilling Haley's lingering goals. One of those areas is education, and that's an issue lawmakers also agree needs work.

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