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There has been a lot of talk in the state, national and social media world about North Carolina’s reputation as of late, and it doesn’t sound so good. Governor McCrory has repeatedly stated that he was concerned about North Carolina’s brand and intended to rebrand the state to make it more business-friendly. Turns out, North Carolina is already competitive and further, the US Chamber of Commerce tells us “North Carolina is home to a collection of powerhouse research universities and a network of higher education. With innovative and high-tech enterprises spinning from places like the Research Triangle for more than 30 years, North Carolina ranks 12th overall for technology and entrepreneurship this year. The state has the 13th-highest concentration of STEM workers and ranks 4th for academic research and development intensity.”   Read More

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It ought be pretty clear by now that the folks protesting the regressive policies of the current General Assembly are North Carolinians, not outsiders as Gov. Pat McCrory and some legislative leaders have suggested.

If you want to understand who the real outsiders influencing our lawmakers are, check out the column in this morning’s News & Observer by Alexandra Sirota of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center. Read the whole thing—here is a sample.

Whether it’s shoddily researched reports by supply-side economics guru Arthur Laffer or inflammatory rhetoric during visits from Grover Norquist – he of the infamous “no tax” pledge that hamstrings legislators – the influence of outsiders in North Carolina is pervasive. These people and organizations are trying to make the state the latest test case for extreme measures in the guise of “reform.”

 

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The League of Women Voters North Carolina released a statement today opposing all tax plans under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2013
www.LWVNC.org

The League of Women Voters of North Carolina, meeting in Charlotte for its 34th biennial convention, announced its opposition to tax plans now being considered in the General Assembly which promote unfair and regressive tax policies, including House Bill 998.  This opposition is in line with long-standing positions of the non-partisan organization.

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The Senate budget proposal currently being discussed in the Senate chamber will be passed without a review of the Senate tax plan. What we do know of that plan, however, is that it will subject food and prescription drugs to an increased sales tax, thereby further shifting the responsibility for funding government onto middle- and low-income families. As the graphic below from Together NC illustrates (click on it to see a larger version), middle- and low-income families pay a much higher percentage of their income on food and medicine than do wealthy individuals, meaning a much harder hit on their pocket books.

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