I know: it’s a stupid question. Who’d even think to ask it? That would be Virginia State Senator Joel Lourie [above], talking to postandcourier.com: “We talk about the things that people like to poke fun at South Carolina about and this is one of those reasons.” According to the Columbia Democrat, people ask him: ” ‘Have y’all lost your mind? Why would we want to give people a tax break just to buy guns?’ Crime’s going up. What are we doing? We’re providing tax breaks for people to buy guns.” Sounds like a plan to me. But not to an elected member of the tax and spend party. OK, one of the tax and spend parties . . .
Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, took issue with the Senate taking a vote to keep a sales-tax-free weekend for gun purchases after Thanksgiving when the state is laying off teachers and seeing a surge in violence.
Lourie said he realizes eliminating a sales tax break for guns may hurt some legislators’ NRA ratings, but the timing of a tax-free weekend for arms doesn’t make sense to him. The state loses $250,000 in tax collections on the tax-free weekend, which was created several years ago.
Just to put that in some perspective, SC just passed a $6b fiscal budget, increasing spending on education.
Among the final issues to resolve was how to use $210 million that state economists added to the state’s projected revenues last month.
The Senate split the money almost evenly between K-12 education and tax relief for businesses.