Senate Leader Wants To Debate Perdue On Sales Tax

The leader of the North Carolina Senate has invited Gov. Beverly Perdue to debate him about her planned state budget proposal this spring that would raise the sales tax to generate more money for public education.

Republican Sen. Phil Berger of Rockingham County offered the idea Tuesday at a news conference in Raleigh. Berger says the citizens of the state deserve to hear the governor and a legislative leader make their pitches.

The Democratic governor announced last week her spending plan would raise the sales tax by three-quarters of a penny to make up for the GOP-led Legislature's decision last year to let expire a penny increase in the sales tax.

Berger last week called the proposal dead on arrival at the Legislature. The budget-adjusting session begins in May.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    can some answere this question because i really do not the answere. has one dime of the education lottery money been spent by the governor on something other than the lottery. If the answere is yes, she should be impeached. If the answere is no, so be it.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:01 AM
    another debate topic, how in the world did a 168 million dollar fishing pier turn up in Marc Basnights backyard, and he retired the day before the republicans took over, and why did the governor hire Bob Ethridge who the voters just fired. Too much of a conincidence for me to understand. And the list goes on and on.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:41 AM
    she chose not to debate in the last governors election. Why would she do that. If you can not win the debate then you do not debate. The people that pay your wages deserve answeres , that is what governors are suppose to do. Right.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 at 05:37 AM
    I would love for someone to debate the governor on The Global Transpark (GTP aka gifts for perdue). She has directed hundreds of millions to this place for less than a minimum return. However she got plenty of free airplane rides from the owners of the property surrounding the GTP>
  • by Jean Location: Williamston, NC on Jan 25, 2012 at 01:19 AM
    Governor Perdue, please stick to your response and DO NOT 'debate' raising our sales tax 3/4 of a cent. As I'm sure we all know, he's playing the 'Hey, it's Election Year -- look at me!!' game and I'd like to see NC NOT PLAY this game with him....or anyone else. I worked with education and funds are needed more now than then. They (finally) set the lottery in place and then took precious badly needed funding from the school systems. The lottery is doing exactly what those of us who didn't vote for it said it would do. Do your research. Then make your comments. I applaud our Governor for fighting for our State in these crazy times. Take a look at what's going on around us and be thankful we have a good leader.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 25, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to Jean
      Is that a koolaid rally for libterds? If you are going to raise my tax on goods, I want a debate as to why? In fact, drop income tax and charge 9% sales tax. Or how about drop gas tax, keep income and raise sales to 9%. At least everybody would be paying some amount of taxes in a fair manner however, as you know, we have to pay property, incomes, gas tax and sales tax like only New York. And now we have a toll road...apparently, Jean, its just you, you need to pay more taxes.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jan 24, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    Well this better go towards education instead of the pockets of the politicians. While at it, this state should spend some money on someone to handle the money to make sure the politicians can't get any money due to the sales tax increase. That would be a good investment.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Jan 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
    Well the problem is the taxpayers are to stupid to understand finances otherwise they would not be questioning the need for more revenue. After all only the politicians know how to really spend money. Taxpayers do not really need any discretionary income. You really should just be receiving a minot stipend for your labor and save all the other money for the politicians to spend on what they know is deserving and best for everyone. Welcome to the Communist Utopia!
  • by mm on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    I'd like to know where the 2.2 billion dollars are that was raised on the lottery for education
  • by To suzyq Location: Slick in Washington, NC on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:37 PM
    As a tax paying citizen of North Carolina I have the right to challenge Gov. Perdue to a debate, being that I pay her salary and she works for me. That being said, the citizens elected Mr. Berger to represent us and that is what he is doing.
    Please understand what you are spouting off before you throw out stupid statements like that. Thank you.
  • by ENC on Jan 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
    Sure enough ole Bev. is saying you waiting on me you're backing up.
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