Brown: Gov. Has Role in Economic Development

December 3, 2010

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By Kelly Payne
Citizen Reporter

Rep. Boyd Brown tells a Dutch Fork High class that government should have a limited but supportive role in economic development and only step in if needed. Video by Citizen Reporter Kelly Payne. Government should be in the business of bringing business to South Carolina, according to Brown. Among steps he thinks are necessary is the lowering of the industrial assessment ratio, which taxes industry. “We have one of the highest rates in the Southeast,” he said. We’re at 10.5 percent and I want to see it lowered to 6 percent so we can be competitive with our neighbors.” Right now S.C. has to give out incentives because we can’t compete with our neighbors.