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SC Chamber's Response to Gov. Sanford's Tax Reform Proposal


SC Chamber's Response to Gov. Mark Sanford's Tax Reform Proposal


December 09, 2008
Contact: Marcia Purday 803-799-4601

(Columbia, S.C.) –


Today Governor Mark Sanford announced a three-part proposal to spur job creation and capital investment by cutting income taxes for individuals and corporations and forming a committee to examine the current property tax structure.

South Carolina Chamber Response

The following response may be attributed to Otis B. Rawl Jr., President and CEO of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

First, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce commends Governor Sanford for acknowledging the need to increase South Carolina’s lowest in the nation cigarette tax. But, the South Carolina Chamber believes that any increase in the cigarette tax must be used for healthcare-related purposes only. The Chamber supports increasing the state’s cigarette tax to the Southeastern average to provide premium assistance to individuals and small business tax credits.

The Chamber also applauds Governor Sanford for trying to create a tax reform plan to spur investment and create jobs, but we believe that in order to truly achieve this, comprehensive tax reform must be achieved. Like the Governor has called for, it is imperative that the state examines inequities in the current property tax structure that adversely impact businesses. Examining corporate income tax should be part of this reform.

South Carolina, like the rest of the nation, is experiencing a difficult time in today’s economy, but we are placed at an even larger competitive disadvantage because of past piecemeal approaches to tax reform. These piecemeal approaches have created shortfalls in South Carolina’s budget and ultimately harm the state’s economy, increase job losses and negatively impact everyone’s pocketbook.

Pieces of Governor Sanford’s proposal should be considered as part of an overall comprehensive tax reform plan. The business community thanks Governor Sanford for his continued dedication and work on behalf of all South Carolinians.ange the city and state if the location differs, then add your text here.

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 6,500 member companies and more than 600,000 member employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing per capita income and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.


The South Carolina Chamber would like to thank the following: