South Carolina: Tax break for Carolina Panthers near passage

South Carolina: Tax break for Carolina Panthers near passage
Congressman Ralph Norman said he is for the move of the Carolina Panthers to South Carolina, if it makes sense for taxpayers. (WBTV Graphic)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina legislators are expected to clear the final hurdle to giving the Carolina Panthers up to $120 million in tax breaks to move their practice fields and team headquarters out of North Carolina.

The Senate voted 23-16 on Monday to approve a compromise smoothing over small differences in the bill. A few hours later, the House passed the bill 88-18. Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to quickly sign it into law.

The bill exempts the Panthers from paying state income taxes for players, coaches and other employees for 15 years as long as they use the money to build their new complex near Rock Hill.

Opponents say the state shouldn't help a billionaire NFL owner.

The team would continue to play games in Charlotte, North Carolina.