Lieutenant governor candidate Henry McMaster mapped out a senior plan that addresses both financial issues and bettering the way of life for seniors in South Carolina.
In his senior plan, McMaster wrote that the state’s senior population is expected to nearly double from 900,000 to 1.8 million by 2030. At the same time, 10 percent of the South Carolina’s seniors live in poverty.
To prepare for the influx of seniors, and to keep them happy, McMaster said the state has to mobilize nonprofit resources, promote volunteerism, plan for retirement and create tax relief for seniors.
“By increasing the Homestead Exemption and reducing or eliminating taxes on retirement and pension incomes, we can provide the necessary financial relief to help seniors stay in their homes,” McMaster wrote in his plan.
In addition to the economic factors, McMaster’s plan also includes bettering the way of life for seniors. His proposal includes increasing the effectiveness of senior centers and stopping the abuse of seniors.
He wrote that various programs under the Department of Social Services and other agencies do great work for seniors. He compared these programs to pro-bono programs he implemented during his tenure as Attorney General that didn’t burden taxpayers.
“In the same way, it is possible through experienced leadership to expand and consolidate vulnerable adult and senior protection programs without affecting the taxpayer’s bottom line,” he wrote.
McMaster is a Columbia resident and won the Republican primary runoff against Mike Campbell in June.
He will represent the Republican Party in the General Election, where he will face off against S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Denmark, who became the youngest serving member of the House in 2006.
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.