ICYMI: Americans for Tax Reform Praises Governor McMaster

February 16, 2018

ATR Calls Templeton Attacks “False and Misleading”

COLUMBIA, S.C.  Highlighting his commitment to stand up for South Carolinians against tax increases, yesterday Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) founder and president Grover Norquist praised Governor Henry McMaster as “true friend of taxpayers.” ATR, widely considered the country’s preeminent authority on and champion for conservative tax policy, also defended the governor against a recent smear by one of his opponent’s, Catherine Templeton, calling her attack on the governor’s record “false and misleading.” Read more from ATR below:

“South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) recently came under attack from Catherine Templeton, McMaster’s opponent who is challenging the incumbent governor in the upcoming June primary to be the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate this November.

“Templeton…claimed at a recent Republican luncheon that Gov. McMaster signed into law ‘the largest tax increase in modern history.’

“Templeton’s claim here is false, and has been correctly ruled as inaccurate in fact checks conducted by both the Charleston Post & Courier and the Columbia, SC-based The State newspaper. As the Post & Courier fact check points out, the pension bill signed by McMaster that Templeton claims was a tax hike is a piece of legislation that, in fact, ‘did not include any new taxes.’ …

“[N]ot only has he not raised taxes, but Gov. McMaster is one of 12 governors nationwide to have signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a written commitment to voters to oppose and veto any and all efforts to raise taxes…Nikki Haley was a Taxpayer Protection Pledge signer during her time as governor…”

Click here to read ATR’s full post.


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