Lt. Gov. Dalton Supports Gov. Perdue's Sales Tax Plan

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton says he supports Gov. Beverly Perdue's proposal to raise the sales tax temporarily to make up for spending reductions authored by Republicans, and that Democrats say have harmed public education.

Dalton said in an interview Friday he's not thrilled with raising taxes but said Perdue's suggestion of a three-quarter-cent increase is one way to solve the problem. He said Republicans haven't offered any other solutions.

Dalton's views are more important now that he's decided to run for governor after Perdue announced Thursday she wouldn't seek a second term. Perdue said she was concerned a re-election bid would make her education fight with Republicans too partisan.

Republican legislators let expire last year a penny sales tax increase approved by Perdue and Democrats in 2009.

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  • by sick of taxes Location: enc on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Cut your pay,Bev and the rest of you high paid rollers!!!Then us poor people won't have to pay so much taxes!!!
  • by Formerly Pirateman on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    TAX!,....Tax,Tax TAAAAAAXXXX! Keep on TAXING!!!!!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2012 at 09:12 AM
    Go ahead "Walty Dalty" say something else stupid so you can put your other foot in your mouth.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:54 AM
    The only way the democrats seem to think you can "change" anything is to increase taxes. Didn't we just get hit with a gas tax increase and now they want to add to a sales tax? Does 9.9% unemployment mean nothing to these folks? So Dalton wants to be Bev,Jr. I guess.
  • by Rusty Location: aurora on Jan 28, 2012 at 06:37 AM
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Jan 28, 2012 at 03:45 AM
    So Bev, that vetoed the bill to rescend the gas tax is gone and you want to do what? Don't you just love the part where "they are doing it for education, for the children" BS? Of course, they would never consider all the EPA regs that run companies out of NC or the companies that will not come here due to corp income taxes, nope. Do it for the children. Well, frankly, fed up with supporting illegals in our schools who pay no tax into our system and collect money from social services. Shouldn't the slogan be; Do it for the illegal unmarried women's children? Here is a revelation for you democrats, not in 2012. You are done for now. You leader, Obama drug you down with him. You can post you hopey change comments all you want but you will not get that chance again in 2012. We are witness to the worst president in the history of this nation who will be lucky to find a job hammering nails for Habitat for Humanity.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 28, 2012 at 02:39 AM
    Here we go again! Easley, Purdue, Dalton..... Taxandspendus Giganticus is NOT and extinct breed!
  • by RN Location: Pitt on Jan 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM
    Of course he supports raising taxes...he's a democrat..more taxes, more government. Anonymous I have to agree with you on this one, and where is the lottery money going ???? Somebodys bank account I'm sure !!
  • by jim ec Location: ec on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM
    do they not realize how bad people are hurting financially in this state? the poor and the working class can't take much more.
  • by What!!!!! Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM
    And now I will not be voting for you. Next....
    FYI... attempt to raise any tax and no vote 4 you.
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