Gov. Nikki Haley held a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, which featured presentations from agency directors and constitutional officers. Afterward, the Republican governor took questions from the press.
Here are the highlights:
--South Carolina generated more jobs than any other state in the country in February. In the last month, Haley's administration announced 4,000 new jobs at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., plus 1,786 new jobs at various other businesses across the state.
--Between now and late December, the Department of Motor Vehicles expects to post wait times online. If the agency has enough cash, the director wants to post cameras to show the waiting rooms so people can see for themselves.
--Troopers use free Wi-Fi wherever available -- McDonald's, Starbucks, local liquor stores -- to transmit their reports. Store owners get an added bonus of security on hand.
--The Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services is moving into the Department of Mental Health to save $700,000 over four years. Likewise, the Department of Commerce is consolidating offices within a rented building to save $300,000 over four years.
--Haley said President Obama needs to respond to questions about his appointments on the National Labor Relations Board, which filed a complaint over alleged violations of federal labor law after the Boeing Co. made its decision to come to South Carolina, a right-to-work state.
Haley said, "Boeing is not going to get shut down. We will fight it every step of the way. I do think that Boeing will win this case. The shame is that they're going to have to spend millions of dollars having to fight it."
--Haley said she stands firm in her position against a sales tax break for Amazon.com, which was in talks with the state to create more than 1,200 full-time jobs at a distribution center in Lexington County. To lawmakers considering taking another vote, possibly today, on the matter, the governor said: "I would ask them, 'What am I supposed to tell all these companies I am talking to now that want to come to South Carolina?' And now are they prepared to give sales tax incentives to all of them as well? Because that's the challenge that's facing me."
--Haley criticized Newt Gingrich, former House speaker and 2012 GOP presidential candidate, for recent comments he made about a proposed Medicare program by a Republican congressman.
"D.C. is dysfunctional," Haley said. "We do not need to take baby steps in cutting spending. We need to take strong steps."
Also on the 2012 scene, Haley said she was impressed by possible candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. POLITIO reported Tuesday that Mike Campbell, the son of the late Gov. Carroll Campbell, swung his support behind Huntsman. Mike Campbell and his mother, Iris, supported Haley in her bid to become governor.
Huntsman is also a former U.S. ambassador to China. He met one-on-one with Haley earlier this month.
"I was impressed," Haley said. "I look forward to hearing what he has to say in terms of policy. He's got great experience to talk about with China and their economy and what we can do to jumpstart the Untied States"
Compiled by Yvonne Wenger