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A balanced approach to revenue is the mainstream approach

Despite the blustery and well-publicized anti-tax, anti-everything rallies, don’t you get the impression that most Americans support safe streets, better schools and health care for children? Don’t you get the impression that this point of view is the mainstream?

Well, it’s true, and a new report from the Justice Center’s Budget & Tax Center confirms it. The vast majority of states facing budget gaps comparable to North Carolina’s are raising revenues to protect their economies. In fact, not a single state with a budget gap the size of our state’s is adopting a cuts-only approach. Even traditionally conservative states such as Georgia are adopting balanced strategies that include tax increases. Read the news release here.

Lawmakers in other states — liberal, moderate, conservative — are seeing the reality of the situation. Cutting our way out of this problem isn’t just undesirable, it’s impossible. That’s the bipartisan, mainstream conclusion.

It’s not just lawmakers. Members of the budget coalition Together NC have been traveling around the state seeking stories from everyday people. There are more meetings tonight and tomorrow.

Hundreds of people have used these meetings as inspiration to contact their legislators, telling them that public investment is worth it — to support families, to stimulate the economy, to avoid deepening the pain everyone is feeling from this recession.

These people speaking with one voice, saying that education, health care and safe communities are worth raising revenue.

These people are the mainstream. Let’s not forget that.

One Comment


  1. IBXer

    June 4, 2009 at 9:40 am

    We’ve been over spending for decades. Raising taxes in the middle of this recession will only prolong the pain and suffering caused by the fiscal unease created by Washington’s spend and spend approach to economics.

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