South Carolina authorities Senator Stephen Goldfinch projected a bill, dubbed nan "Yankee tax," that would require caller residents to salary up to $500 to move to nan Palmetto State.
If passed by authorities referendum, caller residents moving from out-of-state to South Carolina would beryllium required to salary 2 one-time fees, $250 for caller driver’s licenses and $250 for vehicle registrations.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is simply a Cable-stayed span complete nan Cooper River to Charleston, South Carolina. (Visions of America/Joseph Sohm/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images / Getty Images)
Sen. Goldfinch shared pinch Fox News Digital that nan connection is not trying to extremity group from coming from retired of state, conscionable for caller residents to "catch up pinch nan remainder of us."
"I’m not trying to build a wall and this is not a interest against caller residents it’s a interest for group to drawback up pinch nan remainder of us," Goldfinch told Fox News Digital.
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The money raised from nan further $250 taxation would spell towards the state's infrastructure including roads, bridges, and communal organization spaces.
"I deliberation there's a logical ground for requiring newcomers to drawback up pinch nan remainder of america and lend to nan roads, bridges, schools and greenish spaces that we've [residents] ever contributed to," Goldfinch shared pinch Fox News Digital.
Peach h2o building successful Gaffney, South Carolina. (Getty Images / Getty Images)
South Carolina, Myrtle Beach State Park, entranceway sign. (Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images / Getty Images)
His connection comes aft droves of group from nan northeast person moved down to South Carolina successful caller years. According to nan U.S. Census, astir half a cardinal group moved to nan Palmetto authorities successful nan past decade.
People flocked to nan southeast during nan pandemic and stayed owed to a big of logic including activity flexibility, little taxes, and warmer weather.
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Sen. Goldfinch points to South Carolina residents arsenic inspiration for nan bill.
"Our value of life has been diminished by nan almost 4 cardinal group that person moved present successful nan past decade." Goldfinch shared. "And we expect different cardinal group moving present successful nan adjacent decade. Everybody is concerned astir their value of life."
The touristy Broad Street, downtown historical Charleston, flanked by ubiquitous thenar trees and equine carriages carrying tourists. (Getty Images / Getty Images)
Despite nan taxation to newcomers, Sen. Goldfinch shared that he doubts nan adhd $250 aliases $500 will discourage group to move to South Carolina.
"I find it difficult to judge that $250 is going to dissuade anybody from coming." Goldfinch shared pinch Fox News Digital.
The New Resident interest referendum will beryllium disposable for statement connected nan South Carolina Senate level adjacent week, Goldfinch shared. If passed, counties will ballot connected it successful their wide elections successful 2024.
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South Carolina isn't nan only authorities pinch akin authorities connected their ballots. California and New York projected authorities to taxation group leaving nan state.
"If you tin complaint group to leave, I don't spot immoderate logic why you can't complaint personification to travel successful nan door." Goldfinch stated..