Shawn Pinkston for South Carolina State House

Lower Taxes

Better Roads

Shawn Who? Shawn Pinkston

Shawn served in the US Army JAG Corps and attained the rank of Captain. Shawn is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and deployed with the Third Infantry Division as part of the 2007 Iraq surge.

Prior to attending law school, Shawn worked for elected officials at both the state and national level. He served as Communications Director for the first Republican President of the Kentucky Senate and also served as Communications Director for the Honorable Ron Lewis (R-KY).

Shawn has been active with the Charleston Exchange Club, the Daniel Island Rotary Club, the Daniel Island Neighborhood and Community Associations, and has coached little league soccer on Daniel Island and his two children attend the Daniel Island School. Shawn attends Seacoast Church.

Republican Primary

November 14th

Abolish the South Carolina personal income tax

  • South Carolina has the “highest marginal tax rate on the lowest level of taxable income in the Southeast (and third in the nation).”- South Carolina Department of Commerce.

  • Abolishing the state income tax would provide South Carolinians with more of their income, leading to greater economic activity and growth.

  • Fewer taxes would mean less spending in Columbia.

Impose a spending cap based on population growth

  • Spending in Columbia has spiraled out of control.  A spending cap based on population growth ensures that spending is not outpacing growth and requires our elected officials to spend tax revenue more responsibly.

Make the Department of Transportation a cabinet agency under the governor

  • Making the Department of Transportation a cabinet agency under the Governor makes the agency accountable to South Carolina voters. Currently, no one takes responsibility for our dangerous roads and blame is shifted from boards to commissions and non-elected bureaucrats.

Prioritize new projects based on population growth and needs

  • 80% of the new “gas tax” should be returned to local communities, ensuring they have the necessary funds to support infrastructure projects.

  • Prioritizing state road projects based on population growth and need is a common-sense solution to the state development backlog.

Real Ethics Reform

  • Pass an ethics law that includes conflicts of interest and income transparency reporting.

Authentic Leadership

  • End lawmakers’ ability to police themselves

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