Haley discusses gas prices, budget during Charleston visit

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley made a stop in Charleston Thursday afternoon to talk about hot button issues surrounding South Carolina and the nation.

Even though Haley spoke at The Citadel during a luncheon, it wasn't all about hor' duerves and shaking hands. Haley talked about her first 100 days in office, the budget, a recent lawsuit filed against Boeing, gas prices and even Donald Trump.

Haley has made it known since she took office that her top priority is the state's budget, something that's still taking shape.

"All of our agencies have asked for less money which we are very proud of," Haley said. "We've told them there is not going to be any deficit. When we passed the bill, they never have before."

In her first 100 days in office, unemployment has dropped from 10.7 percent to 9.9; something she says will be a continuing trend in the state.

"I give myself an A plus for effort," Haley said when asked to grade first 100 days in office. "I want everything done yesterday."

Haley weighed in on a proposed plan to cap gas prices in S.C.

"We can put Band-Aids on this all day long, but until we become energy independent, until we say we say were going to have to start looking at off-shore drilling, we are always going to be on this roller coaster of gas prices," Haley said. "We need to start looking at ways we can be independent and not look at caps and temporary fixes."

The bill's sponsor says he wants any extra money retailers charge over the wholesale price to go into a trust fund. That money would then be used to benefit citizens.

Boeing will fight the complaint from union workers to move the company's second 787 assembly line plant from North Charleston to Puget Sound, WA. The group claims Boeing decided to build the second assembly line in North Charleston instead of Washington as retaliation for workers going on strike.

"The lawsuit against Boeing by the NLRB is an insult to South Carolina," Haley said.

The governor's tour of the state isn't over yet. On Friday, she will make stops in Myrtle Beach and Florence.

Haley also sat down with Bill Sharpe Thursday as a guest on "Sharpe Focus," which will air Saturday at 7 p.m. on Live 5 Plus.

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