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“INDEPENDENT REPUBLICAN” ACCUSES HALEY OF PUSHING SECRET TAX HIKE

Self-styled “independent Republican” gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin blasted his 2014 rival – Gov. Nikki Haley – for her so-called “secret plan” to raise taxes on South Carolinians as part of funding infrastructure improvements.

In fact Ervin said Haley’s refusal to address infrastructure funding was the impetus for a $1.7 billion tax hike authorization she signed into law last week.

“It’s Haley’s lack of leadership that has forced a county-by-county sales tax increase to make up for her failed leadership,” Ervin said. “This has resulted in a back door sales tax increase on top of her ‘secret plan’ to raise taxes next year.”

Ervin added that the “Republican” incumbent was pushing this “secret tax hike” in lieu of establishing what he called “a consensus for long-term funding for our crumbling roads and bridges.”

“When Nikki Haley hides the ball on funding, that’s her political speak for taxpayer’s having to foot the bill,” he said.

Ervin’s language mirrors criticism Haley has received from fiscally conservative Upstate S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) – who attempted to filibuster the $1.7 billion tax authorization last month.

Bryant has continued to call Haley out for signing the bill.

In addition to challenging Haley on the tax front, Ervin also chided the governor for telling lawmakers she was going to “show the General Assembly” how to properly fund infrastructure.

“We already have a dictator in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “We don’t need another one in Columbia.”

Whoa … them’s fightin’ words.

Haley’s “roads plan” – to the extent it exists – was also blasted by Democrats this week.

“Governor Haley continues to offer up nothing but rhetoric and policies that are as broken as our roads,” S.C. House minority leader Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia) said.

Rutherford said he wants to legalize casinos in the “Myrtle Beach area” of South Carolina to raise revenue, a plan this website weighed in on HERE.