January 17, 2007
COLUMBIA, S.C.---Governor Mark Sanford delivered his State of the State address tonight in Columbia, calling South Carolina a state in transition.
He says both opportunities and challenges stem from the way the state responds to change.
"In our changing world, for the first time a kid in Greenville County is directly competing with a kid in Shanghai, New Delhi or Dublin," he said.
In other words, Gov. Sanford says, the globe still matters.
"We have been blessed by God in our geography. Our location midway on the South-Atlantic Coast opens particular opportunities in areas ranging from distribution to tourism."
Gov. Sanford reminded lawmakers the state has gone from losing to gaining jobs, with more people working and more small businesses.
But he says lawmakers have to hold the line on spending.
"A good business climate means government not spending money it doesn't have, which makes it important that we have dug out of a $1 billion financial hole."
The governor also singled out North Augusta businessman Bobby Sheridan, who runs SMS Sportsworld.
He says Sheridan represents all the people who go about their jobs generating the money that eventually comes to the state government to pay for services.