Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday her first State of the State address will be about the challenges and opportunities ahead for South Carolina.
The state is facing more than $1 billion in shortfalls in the current and upcoming budgets and Haley will begin outlining steps legislators and the public need to be prepared to take and seize an opportunity to overhaul government.
Haley said her goal is to convey that "we are challenged but optimistic." And that optimism comes from what will happen when the state pares government spending.
Government "was never intended to be all things to all people. We can actually make that happen," Haley said in an interview with The Associated Press.
"We can actually cut things that aren't the role of government that in a surplus year they would have never have even considered doing," Haley said. "You know, I think it's a great opportunity to say, 'This is going to hurt, but if we make the right decisions, we will never find ourselves in this situation again.'"