More than ever, government at all levels needs to be shaken up so that it works for every South Carolinian.
Catherine Templeton has a record of being a reformer and the results to prove it. When Catherine was asked by then-Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the state’s Secretary of Labor, and later as Director of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) — she hit the ground running.
Here are some ways Catherine helped reform those agencies, creating efficiencies and cost savings for our state:
1. Catherine reduced fees and returned millions of dollars to taxpayers by cutting fixed costs of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) by 25%.
“What she did to clean up that agency and make it run like a private sector business—in just a year—was nothing short of miraculous. Her keen organizational insight and leadership by example was integral to restoring clarity of mission and expediency.”
— Dr. Louis Costa, Chairman, SC Board of Medical Examiners
2. At LLR, Catherine measurably increased customer service by reducing response time from 24 minutes to 32 seconds.
“She made government more accessible and transparent for every one of us. We can only hope she will decide to return to leadership in government again one day.”
— John Uprichard, President & CEO Find Great People and (fmr) Chairman, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce
3. At the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation she made it easier for small businesses to do what they do best — create jobs!
“She pushed to de-regulate whole professions, repealed unnecessary and outdated requirements on the books, and pushed through streamlined processes for entire industries that had not been addressed in decades.”
— Mark Nix, Executive Director, South Carolina Home Builders Association
4. At DHEC, Catherine reduced the time it takes to get an environmental permit by 40%.
“Time is money. Catherine has reduced the time it takes to get a permit from DHEC by 40% and those decisions have integrity because the appeal rate has not increased. That means real money to businesses and real jobs for South Carolinians. Remarkably, she helped create a positive business climate while safeguarding our natural heritage.”
– Mikee Johnson, Chair (fmr), South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance
5. At DHEC, Catherine deregulated or reformed regulations that had been in place for decades.
“No one had tackled the restaurant regulations in 20 years. She introduced common sense and consistency while ensuring safety for our customers.”
— John Durst, Executive Director, South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association