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.
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.