COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley was so coy during her 2010 campaign about whether she supported helping out companies who locate in South Carolina that the Chamber of Commerce in this Republican state took the unusual step of endorsing her Democratic rival.
But after giving out at least $70 million in incentives during her first 16 months in office, the business group is now delighted with the governor.
South Carolina Chamber of Commerce CEO Otis Rawl says he gives Haley an "A" grade.
Haley defends her use of incentives, saying much of the money goes to improving roads or technology or other infrastructure. She said they are just a small part of her broader plan to help businesses by lowering taxes, fighting off unions and decreasing regulation.