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Chief supporter says retail incentives bill dead

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The chief supporter of a bill to create incentives for a large, upscale retail development proposed near the South Carolina coast says the idea is dead for the year.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported that Ridgeland Sen. Clementa Pinckney said Thursday the bill to give incentives for the Okatie Crossings shopping center won't pass this year. Pinckney says he'll try again next year.

The House adjourned without considering the latest version of the bill. It would have allowed Hardeeville to provide incentives to developers paid for by a local sales tax.

The original bill would have allowed the developer to keep part of the state sales taxes collected at the businesses. But Republicans objected, saying the center would compete with existing retailers who aren't getting state help.

Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com

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