The South Carolina Myrtle Beach Casinos for Transportation Funding Amendment
may appear on the November 8, 2016 ballot
in South Carolina
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
. The measure, upon voter approval, would allow "well-regulated, upscale casinos" in and around Myrtle Beach
. Tax revenue from the casinos would be used to fund transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements.
Rep. Rutherford (D-74) proposed the legislatively-referred constitutional amendment following the June 2014 Democratic Primary Advisory Questions. Question 2, an advisory question, asked:
|| The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the reapirs instead of a tax increase?
Approximately 80 percent of Democratic Party primary voters approved the measure.
Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-74) is sponsoring the amendment in the South Carolina Legislature. He argued:
- "For those who oppose this idea, I challenge you to come up with another way to fund our road repairs without raising taxes. It's time for fresh ideas and Governor Haley continues to offer up nothing but rhetoric and policies that are as broken as our roads."
- "The people support this. Businesses support this. Many Republicans in the legislature are open to casinos. Anyone who loves individual freedom, personal liberty, and lower taxes should get behind this issue 110 percent."
- Doug Mayer, a spokesperson for Gov. Haley (R), said, “Legalizing gambling doesn't solve any problems - it creates them and Governor Haley believes South Carolina simply deserves better ideas than that. The governor, like the majority of South Carolinians, doesn't support casino gambling and will never take any action that allows it to happen here.”
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the South Carolina Constitution
The proposed amendment must be approved by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the South Carolina Legislature to be placed on the ballot. If approved by voters, the amendment goes back to the legislature for a second approval before becoming law.