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South Carolina “Republicans” Reject Income Tax




South Carolina “Republicans” are something aren’t they?

On the one hand they overwhelmingly nominated the most liberal GOP Senator in America to a third term in Washington, D.C. this week. On the other hand, though, they voted by a 4-to-1 margin to scrap the state’s individual income tax.

As they went to the polls in anemic numbers on Tuesday, GOP voters were asked whether state law should be amended to “replace the state income tax imposes on individuals, estates, trusts, and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax for all brackets is zero percent?”

Eighty percent said “yes,” although the question is obviously non-binding (unlike the constitutional referendums placed on November ballots).

Such a gradual phaseout of the income tax basically mirrors the plan introduced last December by S.C. Sen. Katrina Shealy – except Shealy’s plan wouldn’t “replace” the income tax with anything, it would instead rely on reductions to government and growth in the economy.

“We need to tighten our belt like every family in South Carolina had to do the last couple of years,” Shealy told FITS at the time.  ”Like every business we need to cut out unnecessary expenses and wasteful spending.”

Indeed …

Still, it’s reassuring to see such broad-based support for the elimination of the income tax in South Carolina … even if the voters who signaled their support voted in droves to reelect a guy who broke his own pledge and raised their taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars.

Sooner or later they’ll get the disconnect, right?


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