2nd regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly
January 12, 2016.
The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus supports an increase in South Carolina’s motor fuels tax which has not been increased since 1985. Accordingly, South Carolina has not been able to adequately maintain its highway system. The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus is opposed to an income tax offset. Reducing state revenues to the state’s general fund, with this offset, will adversely affect state funding of other state programs and initiatives.
Expansion of the Affordable Care Act
South Carolina continues to be among the nation’s leaders with the large number of uninsured citizens. The number of uninsured has declined in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage. The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus believes that South Carolina should establish a program that mirrors the Affordable Care Act. Not only will such a program provide needed coverage, it will also provide increased revenue to hospitals and other medical providers.
The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus will offer legislation which closes the “Charleston Loophole” on firearms purchases. In addition, the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus will propose to expand background checks by closing the gun show loophole.
The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus believes that South Carolina’s funding formula must be addressed to provide equal funding for all public schools throughout South Carolina. The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus will continue to oppose any funding cuts to public schools by allocating tax dollars to private schools in the form of tax credits and vouchers.
Other Legislative Priorities:
♦ Chief Justice Election
♦ Expansion of alternate and renewable energy
♦ Election of African-American Judges