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Fayetteville Observer columnist pans conservative priorities

Myron Pitts of the Fayetteville Observer has a worth-reading column in this morning’s paper in which he says the conservatives running the state may come to regret the extreme path they’ve followed this session.

“For sure, the wealthiest folks in the state will do quite well in the new scenario. With their top tax rate of 7.75 percent replaced with a regressive, flat tax, they stand to make thousands more per year in personal income. The corporate tax rate has been reduced, too, from 6.9 to 6 percent.

But should we be surprised by this shift of money up the ladder? The state’s budget director, Art Pope, is very rich with money he made off the very poor, through his discount retail chains, such as Roses and Maxway. Pope’s buddies are other richies – not you or me. He is looking out for those people – not you or me….”

He continues:

“McCrory will have to run statewide in 2016; he is not a legislative backbencher in a safe district.

He will have to compete for votes among people miffed by his casually signing away the Racial Justice Act, or the party’s oblique assaults on voting rights and challenges to women’s access to their doctors.

Even if the governor chooses never to meet the folks who turn out for Moral Mondays – they will catch up to him eventually, and we’ll all hash out priorities at the ballot box.”

Read the entire post by clicking here.

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