Perdue Raises Objection To Income Tax Surcharge

The tax plan to make up a billion dollars is apparently back at square one after Governor Perdue objected.

The Governor said she wouldn't support a measure calling for an extra tax on individuals and businesses that didn't pay enough income tax during the year.

Perdue publicly chastised lawmakers, saying she was "stunned" by the idea of an income tax surcharge.

The state has been operating under a continuing resolution since the start of the fiscal year on July 1.

The stopgap measure expires at the end of the month.

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Gov. Beverly Perdue has told legislative leaders she won't support a North Carolina state budget that raises the income tax bill for those she calls "working families."

Perdue said she expressed her concern Thursday to Senate leader Marc Basnight and House Speaker Joe Hackney.

The $982 million tax deal that House and Senate Democrats agreed to this week contains a 2 percent surcharge on anyone with an income tax bill. Legislators earlier had considered placing the surcharge only on the highest wage earners.

The tax plan is expected to be inserted into the final two-year budget that lawmakers could vote on as early as next week.

Perdue says she also "reemphasized the need to protect public schools" in her talks with Hackney and Basnight.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Fact Dog Location: NC on Jul 24, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    She is not for education;if she was she would not have stole over $400,000,000 from the education lottery this year.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 24, 2009 at 01:44 PM
    The nearve of those guys. She wanted that money for her own agenda.
  • by James Location: Dare County on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    How can Bev say she wants to protect the public schools? She is the one that took the money from the schools. The NC Education Lottery. The result was 10,600 teacher and teacher assistants in NC losing their jobs for the 2009/2010 school year. Yet she is concerned? I do not think so! She should be impeached for abuse of power, which the courts have already said she did and not keeping campaign promises toward education. I have not brought a NC Education Lottery ticket since she took the money from the EDUCATION FUND and moved it elsewhere! I hope others will follow since the money from the NC EDUCATION LOTTERY is clearly not going toward EDUCATION.
  • by elvisislivid on Jul 23, 2009 at 05:31 PM
    Hey guys and gals, give the governor a break! It is not all her fault. You can show that you understand this by sending the WHOLE group of democratic party bigwigs out of the door with her. Why do these NC dimwits keep putting these socialist spendthrifts in Raleigh. Pull your heads out, losers, and put common sense representatives in office. You will thank me very much if you do so!
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 23, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    Who is she trying to play. She just wants this on the record, so that she can say she opposed a tax increase. Good luck sister enjoy your ONE term. Buzz-
  • by RobH Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    Question: How can you tell when a politician is lieing? Answer: Their lips are moving.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 23, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    Bev, let me clarify something for you since you are not aware of "what taxes" are. You raised taxes on the working class already, smokes, alcohol, gas, sales tax, and god knows what hidden taxes we will find out about next like fast food? Well, Bev, we don't have the "income" we had before you came, some of us lost our jobs in NC and will not be able to pay much this year. And Bev, we will make a point to vote you out, when the chance comes. Bev, you don't know how to run this state and you don't know how to balance the budget. Can you please stop spending our money freely, get rid of illegals in the state and give the money back to the "school" lottery you and the democrats suckered the state into. Have a nice day:)
  • by To Anonymous on Jul 23, 2009 at 04:25 PM: Location: Greenville on Jul 23, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    Please do not give her any ideas.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    I cant believe she objects to any tax! Pretty soon she will tax kids allowance!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    She should shave her head and become Obama's Mini Me.
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