With her first 100 days behind her, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is renewing a push to streamline state government and put in place job-training measures to encourage people to get back to work.
In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Haley ticked off several early accomplishments: passing legislation that put more House and Senate votes on the record; taking taxpayer cash away from the state's public television and arts operations; and setting in motion plans to deal with a soaring deficit in Medicaid programs and to restructure state government.
"What I love is we set out some goals and we're seeing the goals happen," the Republican said.
Now, she says she wants to focus on goals such as making government leaner by establishing a Cabinet-level Office of Administration
Haley said she will also push during the remainder of the legislative session for joint elections for the lieutenant governor and governor; limiting lawsuit awards; and finding a way to give employers a break from rising jobless benefit taxes needed to cover federal loans for unemployment checks.