COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The dust is settling from Wednesday's "State Of The State" address. It was a night of lofty goals and emotional moments that set the tone for the year ahead.
South Carolina is coming off a year of unprecedented challenges. Something that wasn't lost on our governor as she addressed her fellow lawmakers on the floods.
"This year was something neither we nor the weathermen could have ever imagined," Governor Nikki Haley said. "Rain at unbelievable levels pouring from the sky for hours."
Along with the victims and survivors of the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy.
"These two women and their precious little ones who were with them that night, are proof that we have angels living on earth," Haley said. "Please join me in expressing to Miss Sanders and Miss Shepard the warmth the gratitude and above all the love that the entire state of South Carolina feels for them."
Two more subjects that were mentioned included the Walter Scott shooting as well as those who lost their lives in service of South Carolina.
But the Governor also got down to business in outlining big goals to accomplish in 2016. A push to aggressively start recruiting teachers to rural districts and giving them incentives to stay there. She called for more prosecutors to protect domestic violence survivors.
The Governor also touched on Ethics Reform which has been a major point of contention among many state lawmakers. That led to a major moment in the night.
"I'm going to ask for every senator that is for income disclosures to please stand."
Now that the address is over, it's time to get to work and see action. The eyes of the state will be on Governor Haley and the Legislature.
Lets see all the talk turn into results in 2016.
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