JOHN WARREN’S MISSION: ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT

John Warren, Republican candidate for governor, released his plan Thursday to bring accountability to state government.

“For decades, career politicians and government insiders have had their way. That is about to change,” Warren said. “I’m running for governor to bring accountability to Columbia and to make protecting taxpayers our number one priority.”

Warren’s plan calls for a top-to-bottom review of all state agencies, imposing term limits for legislators, combining state agencies, eliminating the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission, and eliminating no-bid contracts.

“South Carolina elects leaders to serve the people, not to serve themselves. Fixing the broken and inefficient system in Columbia will create accountability and transparency for taxpayers to know exactly how their money is being spent,” Warren said. “As a business leader, I can tell you that if South Carolina government were a company, it would be out of business quickly. We need government to adopt business principles to better serve all South Carolinians.”

MISSION: ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY FOR TAXPAYERS

TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW AND ACCOUNTABILITY BUDGETING

Day one of a Warren administration, John will order an outside audit of all cabinet agencies.

  • Publish the results of each audit on agency websites.
  • Implement accountability budgeting so that each dollar spent by agencies is reviewed and justified every year.
  • John will appoint members to boards and commissions who will order audits at non-cabinet state agencies, like the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

TERM LIMITS

John will actively and aggressively support a term limits amendment to the South Carolina constitution.

  • Eight years for members of the South Carolina Senate.
  • Eight years for members of the South Carolina House of Representatives.
  • No more than 12 years combined service.

COMBINE STATE AGENCIES

John will be accountable to taxpayers by fighting for legislation to combine multiple state agencies, saving millions in administrative costs each year.

  • Merge the Department of Corrections and the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services into a new cabinet agency (estimated $2.8 million in savings – see attached report).
  • Merge the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services into a new cabinet agency.
  • Eliminate the State Infrastructure Bank and merge the funding with the Department of Transportation to prioritize infrastructure.

ELIMINATE THE DOT COMMISSION

John will fight for legislation to eliminate the DOT Commission and remove the political influences from DOT.

  • Make the Department of Transportation a full cabinet agency appointed by and accountable to the governor.
  • Create a comprehensive, statewide roads plan to repair and build roads based on need, not political power.

ELIMINATE NO-BID CONTRACTS

John will immediately issue an executive order banning no-bid contracts.

  • All cabinet agencies will be forced to competitively bid all contracts, including contracts with former employees.
  • No former agency director or family member of an elected official will be given priority. All executed contracts will be based on merit and quality of service.