Gov. Nikki Haley asked state Senators Tuesday to cut taxes for the people and businesses of South Carolina.
The Senate should provide $93 million in tax relief, Haley said at a press conference Tuesday while the Senate opened debate on the budget proposal.
“The Senate has a choice today: in a $6.1 billion dollar budget, will they give 1.6 percent back in tax relief or spend it?," Haley said. "This is not partisan. This is about responsibility - to the taxpayers and small businesses of this state. This is the taxpayers’ money, not the legislature’s.”
The budget plan already includes a bill that decreases taxes for business owners and is expected to reduce revenue by $15 million over the next four years, according to an Associated Press report.
But Haley is demanding that the Senate pass a second bill that would go into effect in 2013 and save taxpayers about $78 million, according to the report.