The people are going to have to decide what kind of life we shall have. The South Carolina legislature runs this state. The speaker of the house is under investigation by a grand jury. No state Infrastructure Bank money gets spent on roads in Pickens County but Charleston is being “gold plated” and other favored places like Horry County are spending almost all the money. Our members have seen this.
The legislature is shorting Pickens County over $3 million for fiscal year 2012 and shorting the School District. The Base Student Cost should be $2,850 but the state funds only $1,630 for each of the 16,000 students. The Sheriff’s office has run out of space for prisoners. Sometimes in the jail there are only 4 officers working to watch 200 prisoners being detained. Lack of jail space and medical events or riots can lead to very expensive law suits. The Prosecutor’s office cannot prosecute all the criminals in Pickens County. Each attorney in the Pickens Office is prosecuting about 650 warrants at any given time, where the national average is around 250 to 300 warrants. The very small public defender staff cannot handle the cases. The state government is shorting the prison system and reducing the number of prisoners incarcerated.
The solution is not a raise in taxes but to redirect some of the $23.4 billion the state government spends to law enforcement and local governments. Without this we will be overrun with criminals on worn out state roads.