House Leader: NC Dems Have Tentative Tax Agreement

Lawmakers say they're still working on details of a tax plan to raise about $1 billion for North Carolina state government this year.

House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman said Thursday that Senate and House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement that would be inserted into the final budget.

It would raise the sales tax by a penny and create an income tax surcharge.

Holliman and a Senate counterpart said the plan likely will make the highest wage earners pay a 3 percent income tax surcharge. Those who make less -- perhaps single filers making as low as $60,000 -- would face a 2 percent surcharge.

Gov. Beverly Perdue rejected a similar plan last week because the surcharge would have been paid by all income taxpayers.

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  • by elvisspreadstheblame on Jul 30, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    I wish that you all would not just blame Perdue for this mess. Blame HER and ALL of those thieving democrats and spineless republicans who are constantly taking hardworking peoples' money and throwing it to the wind on some of the most unproven and socialistic programs known to man! DO NOT just vote her out!! Vote out the ALL of the tax lovers with the good governor. IT galls me that in this time of fiscal hardships to the good people of NC, these clowns want to raise our taxes by another billion dollars for the 10th year in a row. What is it going to take for the citizenry to wake UP? THANK ME VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS TO YOUR ATTENTION!! Now act on it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Windsor on Jul 30, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    I hope Purdue enjoys these 4 years becuase she will NEVER get a vote from me again.
  • by jojo on Jul 30, 2009 at 02:19 PM
    Dumming down america
  • by Rosebud Location: Winterville on Jul 30, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    The surcharge should be paid by all tax payers, I do not have a child but I am forced to support the school system which has as many negative comments as anything else.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 30, 2009 at 01:18 PM
    This is so easy for democrats...let me a time of economic uncertainly and layoffs......yes, you got it, raise taxes. Gosh, seems this is always the solution in the state.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Jul 30, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    Okay, I have to say it even though the moderator will censor me. Democrats SUCK! All they can do is spend, spend, spend and tax, tax, tax. The state gets too much of my hard earned money as it is with ZERO accountability as to how they spend it.
  • by taxed to death Location: greenville, nc on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    The sneakiest two words in english are, "plus tax."
  • by Dan on Jul 30, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    I will never for the life of me understand why government feels the need to take a little extra more from the pockets of those who worked hard to get where they are. There goes my donation to a charitable cause this year. Lets get it right people.

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