The media often asks me if the state of South Carolina has had its business recruitment harmed by the massive hacking of almost every personal and business tax return from our Department of Revenue. My answer is that as long as out-of-state corporations feel that Governor Haley and her cabinet have fixed the problem going forward then the situation shouldn’t an issue unless…..
That is the real embarrassment about Brooke Mostellar’s comment last night as she was introduced as South Carolina’s representative in the Miss America Pageant.
The Twitter world lit up with mostly negative reactions to Mostellar’s comment.
But what was the probable reaction by any prospective corporate executive who might have watched the program and will certainly read about it?
That message reinforces the other negative national news stories about South Carolina. Our state government can’t be trusted to guard corporate financial documentation. Our state government fails to protect our children from contracting TB. Our state government refuses to accept federal dollars to provide healthcare to hundreds of thousands of our low-income residents. Etc., etc. etc.
But being proud of having too many poor citizens and having no serious plan to improve their opportunity to have a better quality of life reflects a government out-of-touch with the best interests of its citizens. That is not a good long-term business environment in which to invest.