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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.

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STATEMENT FROM THE BUDGET & TAX CENTER:
McCrory needs to get specific on tax reform

RALEIGH (February 18, 2013) – Governor McCrory didn’t provide specifics for how he would realize his vision for North Carolina this evening.  And while his vision for North Carolina — a high quality of life for all, revitalized communities and infrastructure,  globally competitive businesses — is admirable, whether we get there will depend on how policymakers pursue that vision.

The devil certainly will be in the details. Read More

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From today’s WaPo:

“Eighty percent of Americans agree on almost nothing (even Olympic swimming!).

But a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday found exactly such consensus on one of the central issues in the debate over the “fiscal cliff”: 85 percent of registered voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, said it was a “bad idea” for members of Congress to promise to “never increase taxes on corporations or the wealthy under any circumstance”.

While not explicitly mentioned in the poll question, the result has been widely interpreted as gauging support for the anti-tax pledge advocated by Grover Norquist and his group, Americans for Tax Reform.”

Read the entire article by clicking here.