COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is ordering state workers to answer phones with a cheery "It's a great day in South Carolina," despite a sky-high unemployment rate and the fact that one-in-five residents are on Medicaid.
The Republican issued the order Tuesday during a Cabinet meeting, saying it's part of changing the state and how people feel about their government.
Haley says she wants people to feel positive and says the phrase will put workers in a better mood while reminding them they work for the public.
No word on whether workers not using the greeting will suffer consequences.
Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian called it juvenile and in many cases inappropriate. Harpootlian says it's a great day for someone getting a government check and living in the Governor's Mansion.