Newly appointed governor Nikki Haley delivered her State of the State address in Columbia Wednesday night. Warning that "this budget year is going to hurt," she went on to list some expenses that she thinks should be cut from the budget. Apparently, the arts are not a priority.

The reality is the role of South Carolina’s government in the year 2011 can no longer be to fund an Arts Commission that costs us $2.05 million. It cannot be one that funds ETV, costing taxpayers $9.6 million. And it cannot be one that pays taxpayer dollars to lobbyists, costing us $1.2 million a year.

When you release government from the things it should not be responsible for, you allow the private sector to be more creative and cost efficient. And you allow government dollars to go to the places and people they should.