During a visit to Aiken on Tuesday, S.C. Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant took the opportunity to promote himself as a Republican candidate in the 2018 governor’s race.
Most of his talking points were based on the seven key issues that make up the Contract with South Carolina that is part of his campaign effort. They include ethics reform in state government, a package of health care reforms with a sliding scale and work requirements for Medicaid benefits and making the South Carolina Department of Transportation, or SCDOT, a cabinet-level agency to improve accountability.
In the SCDOT, “there are too many decisions based on politics and not public safety,” Bryant said. “It all depends on where the power is (in the legislature). The power was in Charleston at one time, and they benefited from that. It’s been in Greenville, and they benefited from that. And now it seems to be in Florence, and they’re benefiting from that. Aiken shouldn’t have to wait until they have senior legislators to get their share (of money for road improvements).”