The governor has called a press conference for around noon today and he is expected to veto a bill to raise the state’s cigarette tax by 50 cents. Last week, the bill was sent to Governor Sanford’s desk. Sanford said he would take the bill into consideration, but he would likely veto the bill unless there was some other reduction of another tax included.
Some legislators say even if the governor vetoes the bill, they hope to have enough votes to override. Charleston Representative Chip Limehouse is one of them. He spoke with WCIV: “We are hopeful that we are going to get the cigarette tax. We don’t view this as a tax, we view this as a shift for people who smoke cigarettes,” says Limehouse.
South Carolina currently has the nation’s lowest cigarette tax at seven cents a pack. If approved, the tax would increase to 57 cents a pack.