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Grover NorquistHow low have things sunk in the Raleigh policy debate? This low: A front group for corporations and greedy billionaires is bringing a has-been Washington lobbyist to town to promote higher taxes on poor and middle class North Carolinians and some are calling it a “tax reform” event.

Grover Norquist is about “reforming” tax policy in the same way that Rush Limbaugh is  about “reforming” American political discourse. Norquist is a well-funded bully who has done much to ruin the well-being of the Republic. His most infamous quote — that he wants to shrink government down to the size at which it can be “drowned in the bathtub” bespeaks the hatred and violent underpinnings of his noxious, greed-is-good “philosophy.”  

Norquist will confirm the dishonesty and hypocrisy that lies at the heart of his work today when Read More

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With the debates over state tax policy taking center stage these days, now is a good time to focus on one of the critical aspects of the discussion: the impact on fairness. If you live in or near the Queen City, don’t miss an opportunity next Thursday April 25 to hear from two extremely knowledgeable experts this subject. Here are the details:

Tax the poor, feed the rich?

Why making North Carolina’s tax system even more regressive is a terrible idea

Featuring nationally acclaimed author and policy expert, Dr. Katherine Newman.

Click here to register. Read More

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Fair fightCheck out this event to day if you get a chance!

LUCHADORAS TO FIGHT FOR TAX FAIRNESS ON TAX DAY

Turning Tax Day 2013 into a fun and memorable event with a serious call to action on Bicentennial Mall, 12:30 April 15th

RALEIGH, N.C. – Working families fed up with paying the costs for the lack of tax fairness will finally get a chance to settle the score between the people and the powerful when champions for both sides face off at a public wrestling match on Bicentennial Mall beginning at 12:30 P.M. on Monday, April 15th – Tax Day.

“We need a champion who will fight for justice and fairness, who will stand up to those in Congress who are holding the middle class hostage, who will challenge legislative leaders who want working folks to pay more so corporations can pay less,” said state AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer, MaryBe McMillan, in calling for the Fair Fight. Read More

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As part of the generalized War on the Poor that they’ve been waging in recent weeks, state lawmakers have taken aim on the state Earned Income Tax Credit — an efficient program that provides workers earning low wages with a credit to offset their total state and local tax contributions.

Two new items documenting the folly of this action are worth a look this morning:

#1 is this op-ed in today’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer by Budget and Tax Center Director, Alexandra Sirota. As she notes:

“The EITC is an effective tool for keeping children and their families out of poverty, and it helps families keep working and on the path to the middle class.”

#2 is this new interactive infographic on the main Policy Watch site. It allows you to use your computer mouse to hover over any county in the state and get a glimpse of the credit’s impact.

Let’s hope state policymakers start paying attention to these compelling arguments.

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Here’s a perspective the lots more people need to hear about with respect to the ongoing debate over tax policy and “reform”:

Faith, Fairness & Taxes:

When: March 18, 2013 – 12:00 noon

Where: Benson Student Center – 401 B & C

Who: Keynote: Susan Hamill, University of Alabama School of Law

Lunch Will Be Provided (rsvp required)

RSVP: ipe@wfu.edu

Sponsored by: Wake Forest University School of Divinity, the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University, The North Carolina Council of Churches and the North Carolina Justice Center.