COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Headquarters for the Carolina Panthers may not move to South Carolina this year.
A proposal presented by Governor Henry McMaster would give the team more than $100 million in tax incentives in return for moving headquarters, a practice field and medical facility to the Palmetto State.
The Senate has not taken up the bill yet.
One State Senator put a hold on discussing that bill until the Senate finishes dealing with the sale of Santee Cooper.
“I don’t know why we need to spend taxpayer money to bring a private company – and give it to a private company – and give them tax incentives to come here. They’ve got nowhere else to go,” said Sen. Dick Harpootlian.
“All of those things are just fantastic; for us not to accept this would be a huge blow to the state of South Carolina,” said Gov. McMaster
Before the Panthers could move their headquarters, lawmakers would have to define what a professional sports team is in the state of South Carolina.
Panthers owner David Tepper is eyeing York and Lancaster counties as a future home for his team.