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Legislative leaders feel the heat from back home to raise revenue

More than 85 local elected officials have written to House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate President Phil Berger, and key legislators urging them to consider raising new revenues during the short session to restore funding for schools, infrastructure and other public investments.

In their letter, the group of mayors, city councilors, and county commissioners,implore North Carolina budget writers to consider reinstating temporarily the penny sales tax, rather than resorting to more cuts:

“We’re worried that these budget cuts will only get worse in the coming year. The decisions you make this spring and summer will have lasting impacts on our ability to remain competitive with surrounding states and the global economy,” the letter said.

Over the last three years, local officials state that they have used limited resources as efficiently and creatively as possible, but that they can only stretch a dollar so far.

The letter comes on the heels of a proposal by the Together NC coalition to raise over $1 billion in revenue by temporarily extending the penny sales tax, adding a new income tax bracket on households earning over $1 million annually, and expanding the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit.

You can read a copy of the full letter  and see a list of the signer here.

3 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    May 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    You think this is heat? If the taxes get raised, there will be some heat generated by the public. No more taxes, you all better be doing some cutting and/or shifting from other programs, such as Pre K, if you need additional funds

  2. Joe Ciulla

    May 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    There are thousands of local elected officials in this state, I don’t think 85 (likely democratic) of them writing letters constitutes a lot of “heat.” Frankly, I’d support a tax increase if the money were going to be used for education, but the good people of NC are so jaded by tax & spend corrupt dems that I just don’t think they would tolerate a tax increase.

  3. david esmay

    May 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Cutting Pre-K, really Major Burns? Restoring the temporary sales tax, which costs the average citizen of this state 17 cents a day, preserves jobs and funds education, and makes good sense at a time in which our un-employment rate is high and state revenues are lower. What is ridiculous is passing a law that makes it more difficult for the state to collect taxes from corporations who can shift profits to other states and knifes the small businesses that operate with in our borders in the back. All you offer up is the typical tea party motto, squeal like a pig until you get all the deficit exploding tax cuts you want and when the economy goes in the crapper, blame it on education and the poor. What we need to do is end welfare for the wealthy and corporations, the middle and lower classes have given them enough. If the leadership of the NC GOTP focused on the economy instead of divisive social issues, maybe, just maybe, the situation in this state would turn around. Until then it won’t, the only thing they’ve done is added to the rolls of the unemployed.