A crowd of more than 300 people - mostly friendly - showed up Monday night in Rock Hill to ask South Carolina's new leader how she plans to fix the state's budget, education system and economy.
Before taking the stage, Gov. Nikki Haley opened the meeting with a video set to Van Halen's "Right Now," reviewing measures she supports that have already passed the House or Senate.
Then she hit the stage, reviewing her 2011 legislative report card - the tool she's using to urge legislators to support her agenda and push legislation through quickly.
The state's House of Representatives already has earned check marks on the report card, which was blown up on a display behind her.
The measures include requiring legislators to record their votes, allowing the governor to appoint the state superintendent of education, and creating a department of administration to merge duplicated functions in government agencies such as human resources and information technology.
She also touted her new state inspector general, who will sniff out government fraud and waste, she said.
Haley's stop at the Magnolia Room in Laurel Creek was just one in her two-week "The Movement" tour around South Carolina.
"Jobs, jobs, jobs," have been her top priority, she said, adding that all week she's been on the phone with corporations eager to come to South Carolina.
"They love the fact that we're a right-to-work state and keep the unions out," she said to applause.
At least one man in the audience didn't approve.
"A lot of good people who helped build this town and this community are union members," he said.
"I'm not against unions," Haley retorted. "I'm for us being a right-to-work state."
Eliminating the corporate income tax and lowering individual income taxes are two ways she plans to promote business growth and "put South Carolinians to work," she said.
Regarding how to fix the state's "band-aided" tax system, Haley did not have specifics Monday night.
The state is bringing in "think tanks out of Washington to help see what's the best tax structure for South Carolina." This fall we will know more, she said. Haley said she will not support raising taxes.
Audience members snaked around the room to take the microphone.
They shared concerns about rising utility costs, unwieldy business tax payments, immigration reform and animal cruelty. They asked questions about tax and education reform and ways budget cuts will impact them.
Haley said she wants to give teachers merit-based bonuses based on reviews by their principals and other teachers.
She also wants to change funding for public education so it's need based instead of being determined by "where you're born and raised," where schools in wealthy areas surpass poorer areas in support and quality.
A state employee asked how her pension will be impacted by Haley's proposed reform to the state retirement system.
New state employees who haven't been hired yet will be hit hardest, she said, "because they're going to work harder, they're going to get less, and they're going to have to contribute more."
Haley said she's trying to protect state employees' retirement and asked them to "have faith" because "the next few years are going to hurt a little bit."
Other cost saving measures include eliminating state funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission and SCETV, which aren't "core functions of government," Haley said.
"We are past the age when we need public television. We've got the Internet. We've got DVDs," Haley said to applause.
Tensions flared only when one speaker called the meeting a "Republican rally" and accused Haley of working on her laptop recently during an address President Barack Obama gave governors.
Haley assured her she was busy taking notes, to which the woman replied the president likely would have had a copy of his speech available for her.
The next person to speak said the woman must have "stumbled into the wrong room." The two women exchanged words away from the microphone.
One woman asked Haley if she plans on giving herself a report card, to which she replied "yes."
"You will be able to see if I'm a thumbs up, which I will be."
Below is video of the entire town hall