Our Voice for District 38.

Honest.  Courageous.  Representative.

Courage for our Values: Ten Issues

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1. Life 

I will never cast a vote to support abortion.  I am working hard to end all abortion funding in the state budget.  Further, I am a sponsor and champion of the Personhood Act to define preborn children as human beings at conception under the law.


2. Family

I fight for the U.S. Constitution in its original intent by the Founders, and I speak out to defend the sovereignty of our state against faulty attempts by the judicial branch to make law.  One major way we are seeing an incursion on the Constitution is in the area of the family.  I stand unashamedly for natural marriage.  I am a cosponsor of legislation to protect businesses with restrooms for biological "men" and "women."  I am also working to defend our state against a variety of ongoing Obama-era Federal attempts to influence the upbringing of children.


3. Gun Rights 

I seek to make it easier rather than harder for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their neighbors.  I'm a sponsor and major advocate for Constitutional Carry, that is, open carry without a need for state permission.  South Carolina is one of only five states (the others are California, Florida, Illinois, and New York) still without any form of open handgun carry - a carryover from discriminatory Jim Crow laws.  We need to come up to the bar with the rest of the country and empower We the People to keep each other safe.

4. Spending

I seek to cut wasteful spending in state government, fully fund the Local Government Fund, and oppose new taxes.  I will vote against any proposed budget that does not significantly curb South Carolina's dependence on the Federal dole, which currently provides over 30% of annual state money.

5. Roads 

We need our roads fixed.  But the problem is the power structure in Columbia.  Currently, just a handful of legislators control the money.  I voted against the recent gas tax increase because I am not confident that the money will go where it was promised.  So I will continue to work to hold SCDOT and the State Infrastructure Bank accountable and implement real reform.  See below for five of my reform proposals.


6. Education 

I vigorously defend teachers and students in every education context, including homeschooling.  I will oppose every attempt to put Federal controls on education.  I will always seek to empower parents to make the decisions that are right for their children.


7. Heritage 

I honor our heritage and I defend our state’s historical monuments because I believe those who forget the past cannot rightly chart the future.  We need to remember those who died to defend our state and learn the lessons with which they provided us.


8. Judicial Reform

Our state is the only one in the country that allows lawyers in the legislature to appoint judges.  I believe this system creates a conflict of interests.  I am working to abolish the Judicial Merit Selection Commission (JMSC), a handful of politically-connected individuals who decide which candidates are eligible to be a judge.  I also am doing all I can to change the antiquated system as a whole by advocating for appointment of judges by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate.


9. Healthcare 

I work to empower community solutions rather than government programs by ending crony deals, eliminating “Certificates of Need” that hurt doctors, expanding state protection of medical caretakers from liability, and working to prevent Obamacare from controlling the market.  I support legislation to provide patients with access to medical cannabis that is prescribed by a qualified doctor, while standing firm against recreational use.  I am concerned by the opioid epidemic and am working alongside my colleagues in the House to build solutions to remedy this devastating situation.  I believe greater liberty provides greater quality and availability of care.

10. Accountability

I understand the need to "drain the swamp."  Major decisions in Columbia are usually made by evaluating which special interests support a proposal and which oppose it.  Rarely is the will of the people brought into account, and even more rare is the consideration of what is actually right and wrong.  Part of the problem is that we have a "legislative state" where a handful of politicians are drunk with power.  I support moving power toward the executive branch to restore balance.  I am working to enact term limits for committee chairmen.  Most importantly, I pledge to keep in touch so that you, the people of District 38, are always able to hold me accountable.

If you'd like to help Josiah Magnuson keep standing for these issues in Columbia, please donate to the campaign today.

Five Common Sense Reforms to Fix Our Roads

A long-term roads solution will require reform.  One major reason our transportation is ineffective is we are putting too much money toward pet projects like roundabouts, bike lanes, sidewalks, and new roads.  Others reasons, according to the 2016 audit, include a lack of a clear prioritization system, a lack of leadership and accountability, a lack of consistent outside review, and more.  We may need more revenue later on - but we can't give the state a raise until we can verify it's doing its job.

Several crucial reforms include:

1. Abolish the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank.  The only thing STIB does is put our state in debt.  It’s a tool of establishment cronies to fund their pet projects.  Let’s get rid of it.

2. Make SCDOT Accountable to the Governor.  Currently, a small handful of legislators, called the Joint Transportation Review Committee (JTRC), controls who is appointed to the SCDOT Transportation Commission.  Eliminating this political power structure and placing SCDOT directly under the Governor - so that commissioners can be hired and fired like in a business - streamlines the process and provides needed statewide accountability.

3. Fund the Local Government Fund and Transfer Some State Roads to Counties.  As of 2015, South Carolina had the third longest road system in the country.  Our state should begin placing some roads under local control.  However, the legislature cannot do so until they fulfill their legal commitment to the counties to fully fund the Local Government Fund.

4. Begin Weaning South Carolina Off Federal Cash.  Right now, Federal money pays for over a third of our state budget.  Federal money always comes with strings attached, whether now or later.  In regards to roads, Federal funding mandates a percentage of our matching transportation spending go toward the construction of new roads instead of regular repair and maintenance.  As long as the legislature is taking this cash, they will be building roads we don’t need.

5. Decentralize the Columbia Bureaucracy.  Our seven district transportation engineers know how to do their job.  But right now their projects are subjected to an inane amount of regulation and approval from politicians in Columbia (and in the Federal government).  We need to ensure that district engineers have the ability to be effective.  Decentralizing power is a great thing.

Josiah pledged to NOT VOTE for new revenue until common sense reforms were implemented,

and he kept that promise by voting against the 2016 gas tax hike.