COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says a statewide evaluation of local taxes and regulations will help counties attract and grow businesses.
The Republican issued an executive order Wednesday creating the Local Government Competitiveness Council.
The order says city and county governments can benefit or burden the business community, so there should be an analysis of local governments' performance on economic and quality-of-life issues.
It contends that "would almost certainly benefit South Carolinians" by identifying best practices and improvement opportunities.
The committee is tasked with determining the impact of local decisions on issues such as public infrastructure, taxes and workforce readiness.
It will be led by Rick Reames, director of the state Department of Revenue.
The group will report its findings and recommendations to Haley.
The order contains no timeline.