NC Groups Rally For More Taxes, Preserve Services

Several hundred advocates and social service providers are trying to maintain the momentum for raising taxes at the North Carolina Legislature.

Two coalitions held what they called a "state of emergency" rally Monday evening across from the Legislative Building. The speakers urged lawmakers to avoid deep cuts to narrow a budget gap of more than $4 billion.

The state House over the weekend approved its version of the state budget with $784 million in additional taxes. Some member groups say that's not enough.

Tracy Harrington is a speech pathologist in Pitt County who spoke at the rally. She's worried she could lose her job and her patients could be harmed if some Medicaid cuts are made.

The House and Senate now must work out a final plan.


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  • by Paul Location: kannapolis on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    NC needs to get rid of the state income tax, which would save a lot of money, and go ahead and raise the sales tax to 9 - 9 1/2 % which costs little to collect. NC also needs a true Education Lottery not the mess we have. None of this is likely to happen as long as those making the laws put their own interests and bank accounts ahead of doing the job they were elected to do, most of them seem to be corrupt and on the take. I think it will take a complete house cleaning to do any real good, and that is a sad state of affairs in the state of North Carolina.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jun 17, 2009 at 03:25 PM
    Who knows. Was the "educational lottery" to be used exclusively for education and nothing else?
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    Boy oh Boy the House and Senate trying to work out a plan. Wonder if they can smoke cigs while they work this out? How can anyone justify more taxes to fix these issues? The residents of NC have been taxed enough. Pretty soon we are going to have to pay the companies that hands us hard workers are checks. Congress we are not stupid, you tax and tax and still haven't got it right. Maybe you should get a paycut until you figure out what is best for our state. Maybe you will come up with a better idea. Just imagine your paycut may get this state out of it's deficit.
  • by Kat on Jun 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM
    Cut these programs!!! Shouldn't people be able to afford living? The only people I know that, oh wait I don't know them I know they exist, can afford to live right now are rich. Everyone has been taxed to the point they barely can survive now as it is and people want more taxes to support these programs that people wouldn't need if there were not taxes!!! Besides the fact that we should not have to take care of anyone but ourselves and our families. No more taxes, get rid of income tax. (www.fairtax.org)
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jun 16, 2009 at 07:45 AM
    You go COMRADE BEV, I'm going today to apply for my share of food stamps, and get me a free place to live. I've told my kids to have as many babies as they can cause they get free money for each one, as well as free medical and more and more free food stamps,PLUS they won't have to pay ANY taxes,and can get free housing. By the time those nazis in Raliegh figure out there is no one left to fire or tax but themselves we will all be sitting pretty with with our free homes, food, medical, and also not having a car we even can get free transportation to the doctor. Since we have such large familys we will get a large check each month so we can get a cab to go to the grocery store. Since everything is free for us we won't mind paying more taxes for tobacco and alcohol. The only fear we would have would be FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE TO WAKE UP AND VOTE EVERY ONE IN RALIEGH OUT AND PUT PEOPLE FROM THE WORKING CLASS IN. NO LAWYERS PERIOD. ALSO ALL THEIR CAMPAIGN MONEY GOES TO THE GENERAL FUND
  • by Tom Location: GBORO on Jun 16, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    How about cutting those social welfraud programs anyway. OF course THOSE PEOPLE are going to be screaming to save their programs! Besides, a tax increase isn't going to affect or effect those that use these programs! They don't pay taxes! Oh, and by the way, WE have been decrying the gas prices and taxes, that didn't mean to make the gas tax maximum the NEW MINIMUM! VOTE THE BUMS OUT! Out with PurrDumb!
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:24 PM
    Why are these people rallying to pay more taxes. The state will be "more than happy" to take all the extra that these duffusess want to pay over and above their norm. The legislators HAVE to learn how to say NO to any increases. We've ALL had to say no, let them say no, it isn't fun but it will get easier. I know everyone thinks thier program is the most important, but short of decent roads and public safety and National security, everything else is just fluff. Buzz-
  • by lyn Location: martin county on Jun 15, 2009 at 06:59 PM
    why can't teachers and social services do like the rest of us are having to do? cut back on the wants and concentrate on the needs. there are a lot of 'needs' that could be met and get a tax cut. we can not keep supplying the wants of all these that want to sit home, raise children who have a different dad, dads who do not want to support these children, and so on and so on. the Quakers hit the nail on the head - if you do not work you do not eat. the money they get is used to ride the road and have a good time. sure there are good programs that are needed, but when I was in school, if you did not do your work and made low grades, you were held back. you were not advanced with the rest just so you could feel good about who you were. You were not coached to pass a test so the school would get a good grade and the teacher wwould get a bonus they did not earn. Hey things like that is where your taxes go.
  • by JOE STROUD on Jun 15, 2009 at 06:59 PM
    How about cutting some taxes and learn how to run a leaner more efficient government.Just sickening.
  • by Ray Location: Farmville on Jun 15, 2009 at 06:13 PM
    Yea, lets raise taxes. How about lets quit paying for some of these programs that pay people to set at home amd have babies. Also lets quit giving food stamps to people driving cars better than half the workforce that are paying those taxes that you want to raise. Lets give money to people that really need it and quit giving to the ones that are using the system. There are plenty of programs out there that are being used by people that don't need to be on them. Clean up the system and you will not need to raise taxes and will probally have money left over.
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