South Carolina Citizen Journal

December 14, 2007

Governor Sanford hits home run with land conservation proposal

Filed under: Economy, Environment, legislature, Sanford, South Carolina, Uncategorized — NotforHire @ 2:06 pm

Governor Sanford’s proposal to budget an additional $50 million for land conservation is an outstanding move. He is correct when he says, “If you develop every square inch around each one of the metropolitan areas of this state, one of the inevitable byproducts is a deterioration of the quality of life that people experience in this state.”(Post&Courier, 12.11.07)

But it is not just for quality of life, but for the long term economic health of the state that makes this proposal imperative. Politicians in this state need to start asking themselves what needs to be done to make the 21st century South Carolina’s century. What needs to be done to ensure that South Carolina continues to improve economically and continues to build the wealth and increase the well being of its citizens, not just in the short term but in the long term as well.

Mark Sanford, in this proposal, embodies these ideals and is taking the long view as to what is best for our state.

Dan Cooper, House Ways and Means committee Chairman says of the proposal, “If we have $50 million, I’d rather we invest it in something that is going to produce jobs for the state.’’ (The State, 12.11.07) Dan Cooper, in this instance, does not seem to have his eyes on the prize, which is knowing that fully funding the Conservation Land Bank will create jobs. Developers and investors will want to build and invest in areas that have a higher incidence of preserved land, and the quality of development and investment will be higher as well.

As our population continues to rise, nothing is going to pay dividends to the citizens of our state in increased wealth and well being like the proposed increase in funding of the Conservation Land Bank. Open land is and should continue to be one of our states greatest resources, and the time to preserve it is now, before it is too late. Remember, wealth goes to where the quality of life is good, and doesn’t stick around when it turns bad. One simple key to keeping it good is the full funding of the Conservation Land Bank.

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4 Comments »

  1. I think the idea is a good one. I remember when I was young and Hilton Head Island was good for hunting wild pigs. The state’s growing too fast.

    Comment by Artemis — December 14, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

  2. This state has enough problems not throwing money it doesn’t have to buying land no one can make good use of. If we got money lying around like that we should cut taxes some more. Idiot.

    Comment by 67chevy — December 14, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  3. Hang on…what does “fully funding” the conservation bank mean? It is already “fully funded” in that it gets a portion of every real estate transaction in this state. Sanford’s proposal is essential over-funding it. And why stop at $50 million. Wouldn’t $100 million be MORE fully funded.

    Very weak thinking here….

    Comment by Gal Leo — December 15, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

  4. South Carolina needs funds in order to promote and maintain land conservation. Just go around the Coastal areas of South Carolina and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Myrtle Beach for example is being developed at an alarming rate! Some of that money would really help with the the environmental issues South Carolina is facing! And while I don’t support Gov. Sanford in most of his views this is one thing I don’t mind agreeing with him on!

    Comment by Summer — February 22, 2009 @ 7:19 pm


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