I hope you’re doing well.
I was glad to spend some time at the State House with Georgetown County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Laura Gassler, pictured below.
I greatly appreciate the efforts of Habitat for Humanity to build and restore homes for those in need to build “strength, stability and self-reliance,” as stated in their mission statement.
I welcome visits to my office in the State House and to attend House sessions and committee meetings. We’re usually in session Tuesday through Thursday. Groups are welcome. Please contact me to schedule a visit.
Last week was Budget Week, where the state budget bill was debated and voted on the House floor. There were some long days and after casting 225 votes on various amendments, the budget passed with bipartisan support.
I’m proud of the work we all came together to do in order to pass a budget that is fiscally conservative while funding the core functions of government.
We focused on reducing taxes and increasing our reserves, investing in our roads and bridges, recruiting and retaining our teachers and law enforcement professionals, and workforce preparedness through education and training initiatives. As a result, we are positioning our great state for continued economic growth and ensuring South Carolinians have opportunities to prosper.
On Thursday, I voted in favor of the economic incentive package that will bring Scout Motors to our state.
Scout Motors is a U.S. electric vehicle manufacturer backed by Volkswagen, which is establishing their first manufacturing plant in Blythewood, near Columbia. The economic impact of Scout Motors is estimated to be $15.3 billion by 2029, with 8,000 jobs created. At full capacity, more than 200,000 Scout vehicles may be produced annually at the facility.
This week the House is on furlough and will not meet again until March 28th.
I’m honored to represent District 108 in the House. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
Rep. Lee Hewitt