- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says a statewide evaluation of local taxes and regulations will help counties attract and grow businesses.

The Republican announced Wednesday signing an executive order that creates the Local Government Competitiveness Council.

It says city and county governments can benefit or burden the business community, so there should be an analysis of local governments’ impact on economic and quality-of-life issues.

Haley says the review will help local officials understand what they can do - and how they should vote - to be more competitive.

The committee’s evaluation will focus on counties’ public infrastructure, taxes and workforce readiness.

It will be led by Rick Reames, director of the state Department of Revenue.

The group will report its findings and recommendations to Haley.

The order contains no timeline.

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