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North Carolina needs fair and stable revenues to maintain and expand needed services

During the current recession it is more important than ever that the state not cut vital services that provide a cushion for workers who lose their job or their health insurance. Mark Holmes, health policy guru at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, released a study noting that our citizens are losing health insurance at an astounding rate.

The Budget & Tax Center has some great proposals for raising stable revenues that do not unfairly burden low and middle-income families. You can see a presentation here.

Although Gov. Perdue’s cigarette tax proposal is great for preventing teen smoking, sin taxes alone are not fair or reliable. Instead, according to BTC tax experts, it makes more sense to broaden the sales tax base, broaden the personal income tax base and make it more progressive, and close corporate tax loopholes.

3 Comments

  1. Everybody In Nobody Out!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    what makes the most sense is single payer, adminsistered by the states. That doesnt mean its going to happen!

  2. Everybody In Nobody Out!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    At the Presidential Health Forums

    The majority of Americans and physicians agree: We need a national, single-payer healthcare system.

    Yet, Single-Payer healthcare was largely ignored as a viable option at the presidential health summit on March 5th. We can’t let that happen again.

    Please join us for peaceful demonstrations outside the entrance to the 5 Regional forums on healthcare.

    Our message and purpose of these demonstrations are: 1. To demonstrate the overwhelming support for single-payer as a popular movement; 2. To make sure that single-payer is given fair and equal standing with other reform options being discussed.

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