S.C. Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) – one of the few fiscal conservatives in the S.C. General Assembly – assailed a proposed government restructuring compromise and urged his colleagues to start from scratch on the issue.

“I’d rather pass nothing,” Davis said of a proposed deal being worked out between House and Senate negotiators. “This gives the illusion of doing something and will only serve to put off real reform for decades.”

Davis is correct. Under the terms of the compromise reportedly being considered by a legislative conference committee, key portions of the State Senate’s “restructuring” bill would be adopted – which means that state government would not only expand but would become more splintered and less accountable in the process.

All in the name of “efficiency.”

That’s precisely the opposite of what needs to happen in this state …

(To read our report on the latest government restructuring legislation, click here).

Davis knows what he’s talking about, people. He was one of the architects of the comprehensive government overhaul proposed by former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford during his successful 2002 campaign. He’s also been instrumental in blocking “restructuring in name only” in the past.

Sadly, S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has sold out again and again on this issue … and her taxpayer-funded lobbyists are pushing lawmakers to adopt the compromise so that she can claim a political victory.

That’s pathetic …

State government in South Carolina is fundamentally broken, and none of the proposals being advanced by the governor or her legislative allies do anything to fix it.

Lawmakers need to start over …