It has been a bad few days for the folks on the Right trying to convince everybody that North Carolina is a high-tax, anti-business state, out of touch with the nation and uncompetitive with its neighbors in the Southeast.
First, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform released its annual survey about states’ lawsuit climates that ranked North Carolina 17th best in the country, well ahead of Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, every other Southern state except Virginia.
Then the Tax Foundation’s absurd Tax Freedom Day report ranked North Carolina 26th, slight better than the national average, and better than states like Georgia and Virginia. (Read Elaine Mejia’s take on why the report is ridiculous)
Then conservative columnist Barry Smith with Freedom Newspapers took a look at the state tax rates and concluded that North Carolina is not a high-tax state at all, but “pretty much close to the middle.”
Smith also says that North Carolina ranks 40th in per-capita state debt, which is something you don’t hear very often.
You can almost hear the gears grinding away in frustration in the propaganda machine on Right Wing Avenue.