March 21, 2022
Representative Randy Ligon
District 43
Serving Chester and York Counties

Dear Friends and Constituents,

I am proud to report that I voted in favor of the House of Representatives’ State Budget on Monday, which passed by a vote of 108-7. Not only am I proud of the hard work and effort that went into creating this budget, but I am proud to report that the budget passed second reading in record timing of just one day. The ability of this budget to move through the House with few amendments is evidence of solid and sound fiscal policy that adequately funds the needs of our state while making South Carolina a better place to live, work, or own a business. 
The 2022-2023 State Budget is unique from those of previous years because of the amount of surplus funds in our state, from years of wise budgeting and policy and an influx of federal ARPA funds and infrastructure money. Taking this into consideration, we built the budget on a foundation of 4 basic pillars, which are present throughout: Reducing Taxes, Roads, Reserves, and Raises for Teachers, Law Enforcement, First Responders, and State Employees. The House’s budget is balanced, with conservative financial management practices, and a low tax debt burden.  This budget grows our revenue and reserves. 
Below are just a few of the highlights from this year’s House budget, including bettering our education system and infrastructure, and improving the lives of our veterans, state employees, teachers, law enforcement, and taxpayers. The budget now is on its way to the Senate, where changes are possible. For a full breakdown of everything in this year’s budget or to find specific dollar numbers or line items, I encourage you to visit the 
House Ways and Means  webpage on the website.
Education & Teachers
One of our priorities this year (and every year) is to make sure that our K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning are fully prepared to provide the best possible education and resources possible for our students and teachers. Here’s what this year’s budget does:

  • Provides K-12 schools over $12,000,000,000 in funding next year
  • Raises the SC starting salary to $40,000, a $10K raise from 2018
  • Raises the SC average teacher salary to $52,604, a $7K+ raise from 2018
  • Raises average dollars spent per pupil to $4,834
  • Raises bus driver salary by 5%
  • Dedicates $150M to capital improvements to disadvantaged schools
  • Provides $100M for classroom materials and expands VirtualSC by $5.4M 
  • Freezes tuition for in-state, 4-year, public universities and fully funds state scholarships through the lottery for the 7th year in a row
  • Provides $20.8 million for workforce training equipment for Technical Colleges
  • Helps college students through $60M in Needs Based Grants and $20M in Tuition Grants
  • Provides $4.1M in scholarships to disabled students in programs that promote the advancement of academics, socialization, independent living, and career development 
Roads & Infrastructure:
This budget has a profound dedication to improving, expanding, widening, and expediting infrastructure in SC once and for all. With the passage of this bill, our highways and interstates, bridges, water and sewer, and broadband infrastructure will be years ahead of neighboring states. The House Budget:
  • Improves our infrastructure by allocating $1,000,000,000 towards South Carolina’s roads
  • Accelerates rural interstate funding to accelerate interstate projects 
  • Accelerates local projects by giving $250 million to the County Transportation Funds, with a focus on secondary and low volume primary roads
  • Funds Navy Base Intermodal Facility and barge infrastructure project, ensuring our ports remain an economic engine and create high-paying jobs for our citizens
  • Funds the assessment and improvement of infrastructure needed to bring new water and sewer opportunities to areas facing challenges in providing safe water 
Income Tax Relief & Reserves:
Since Republicans took over the House, SC has seen over $54 billion in tax cuts. This fiscal year alone, in a $10.8 billion budget, over $3 billion have been returned to taxpayers. That represents a return of 1/3 of general fund revenues to South Carolina citizens through individual income tax cuts, small business tax cuts, corporate income tax cuts, food tax elimination, and property tax relief. This year’s budget:
  • Funds income tax relief, which provides significant relief to almost all taxpayers and simplifies our tax system 
  • Funds year 1 of the House’s new income tax plan, which cuts income taxes by $1,000,000,000 in South Carolina, saving the average SC family an average of 25%.
  • Fully funds constitutional reserves and brings our total state reserve funds to 10% of our revenue, which has SC sitting at $1,047,000,000 in reserves.
Law Enforcement:
Since the pandemic, we have seen an overwhelming number of law enforcement officers retiring, leaving the profession, or not applying at all. We included a number of provisions in this year's budget to combat that:
  • Raises salaries for law enforcement & correctional officers, with an extra $10M for training
  • Dedicates $20M for body cameras and armor for all law enforcement officers
  • Provides man down electronic system at Level II and III correctional facilities and security cameras and vests for emergency responses teams and correctional officer
  • Supplies $6M of Critical Supplies and Equipment to Dept. of Corrections
It is important that we provide for and give back to our veterans, who risked it all for our country and our freedom. We have incorporated funds into this year’s budget to help fund veteran’s services, as well as eliminate taxes on military retirement through our income tax relief bill. Here’s what else the budget does for our veterans:
  • Expands ability to deliver critical services to the Veteran population including their public outreach initiatives
  • Funds the development, building, and implementation of new veteran facilities that will serve veterans-in-need as a residential, rehabilitation, training, and administrative hub 
  • Protects our military bases from base-reduction initiatives with $10M to Military Enhancement Funds
State Employees
Our state employees proved their immense value to our state and saved the day in recent years, keeping our state afloat, moving, and open for business during pandemic conditions. To thank then, the budget:
  • Raises pay for state employees by 3% – the largest pay raise in six years
  • Gives a $1,500 bonus for all state employees
  • Increases benefits by allotting $101 million to fully cover the state employee health and dental insurance, and well visits without an additional monthly premium cost
Other Important Budget Items:
The budget funds a number of state improvements in a wide array of areas. Here are some of the other important priorities that were funded in the 2022-2023 State Budget: 
  • $2.8M to fund the Election Integrity and Compliance Auditor Program and $1.2M for Election Security Funding
  • $98M for the conservation of South Carolina’s land and natural resources
  • $31M to upgrade and modernize parks and camping amenities
  • $20.7M for advertising and promotion of tourism in South Carolina 
  • $66.5M to begin to address mental and behavioral health deficits
  • $104.4M to fully fund a new statewide public health laboratory, addressing issues discovered during the pandemic 
  • $10M to the Children’s Hospital Infrastructure Fund
  • $8M for the Hollings Cancer Center to become designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • $137M to statewide Disaster Trust Fund account to be used to offset FEMA matches and $87 million for resiliency efforts and disaster mitigation

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 I have officially filed to seek another term as your State Representative! Serving you in Columbia is a great honor and one I don't take lightly.

Traveling around the district frequently, the one thing I hear most is the need for more jobs and prosperity in Chester and York counties. 

I believe we have made progress, but rural South Carolina deserves its seat at the table when the state's future is being decided! Let's keep working together for our people and their families.

I'd be honored to have your endorsement and support. Thank you.
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I'm here to serve you. If you have questions about the legislative session, or any other matter, please call me any time at (803) 323-8146 or email

It is an honor to represent you in the S.C. House!
With sincere gratitude,

Randy Ligon
State Representative
(803) 323-8146
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