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McCrory’s office pushing tax plan that McCrory may not support?

Good luck trying to figure out where Governor Pat McCrory stands in the back room negotiations about a tax cut plan. The story in the News & Observer this morning offers a very confusing picture.  First, there’s this.

The document that State Budget Director Art Pope recently sent to select House lawmakers outlines a concept that would gradually reduce state income taxes and expand the sales tax to dozens of additional services, such as car repairs and appliance installations.

Seems pretty clear. Pope, in his official capacity as State Budget Director and on behalf of Governor McCrory, is offering a compromise to House and Senate leaders.

Maybe not. This is from the same story.

McCrory reviewed the alternative proposal before it was shared with lawmakers, but his office was careful to say he did not endorse it.

Say what?

The folks at NC Capitol ask the pertinent question, “Is McCyory’s tax vision a mirage?”

So we apparently have a tax compromise plan being circulated by McCrory’s top budget officer who denies that it is really a plan and McCrory hasn’t endorsed it anyway.

That certainly clears things up.

 

 

5 Comments

  1. Doug

    June 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I guess we will find out if he supports something when it is sent to his desk and he either signs or does not sign the bill. That will be the time to truly analyze vs. now when people are negotiating and putting information out there that may or may not be fully accurate, you know holding their cards close to the chest.

  2. Chris Fitzsimon

    June 26, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Good point. No reason the governor of the state should take a leadership role on major tax reform, or maybe even have a plan of his own.

  3. Doug

    June 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I am sure he is doing that behind the scenes. There is certainly something good about not airing your dirty laundry in public, but acting like an adult with other leaders. Not every situation calls for bullying in the media or demonizing your opponents out loud. That has been more the M.O. of the Senate and President because they have the state media on their side, but if we don’t have to do so in NC then that is a credit to adulthood.

    Plus, you can probably assume they are not that far apart and do not have to take to other sources to try to bully other parties into agreement.

  4. gregflynn

    June 26, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, so there’s a super-secret plan that McCrory supports that’s circulating “behind the scenes” and the “document that State Budget Director Art Pope recently sent to select House lawmakers” that he doesn’t support is really just a decoy? “I am sure”.

  5. Doug

    June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I would not say some super secret plan, but I am sure you know all this is done behind the scenes. Heck Bev, Sleazley and all typically took the marching orders of Black and company….in their case they pretty much rubber stamped things.

    In this case, the “documents” and conversations are negotiation tactics. I am sure you have at least heard of negotiation if you have not actaully participated. And as I said, not all negotiation has to be done by the bully pulpit of the media. In this state it is probably desirable at this point with the hostile Blueprint type treatment they would automatically receive.