North Carolina Consumers Get Pinched From Higher Taxes

North Carolina consumers are going to feel another pinch at the mall, the ABC store and most everywhere in between.

The state's sales tax goes up a full penny Tuesday, bringing the total rate charged in most counties to 7.75 percent. At the same time, cigarettes, beer, wine and liquor will have higher excise taxes.

The higher taxes are part of $1 billion in new revenues the Democratic-led Legislature and Gov. Beverly Perdue agreed upon to balance the state budget.

Democrats say they aren't happy with higher taxes but said it was better than laying off more workers and maybe putting prisoners out on the street. Republicans and anti-tax groups say unemployed voters struggling to scrape by will feel the pain acutely.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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  • by tom Location: goldsboro on Sep 1, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    Are you going to do something? Are you going to Washington, DC on September 12th to protest? Are you marching on Raleigh? How about marching on your local City or Town Hall?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    How's that "helping small business" garbage looking now, huh?
  • by Scott Location: Washington on Sep 1, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Anyone ready to change their vote from last November???
  • by taxpayer Location: Washington on Sep 1, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    I agree with the other post Bev has gotta go. She has no clue what she is doing. I hope everyone remembers all these things when it's time to elect a new governor, and I just hope that folks don't vote for her again just because they recognize her name on the Ballot. The state of NC is the most wasteful state. I work for the state, and I can prove on paper where the agency could save so much money, but the response from management is this is the way it has always been done. That attitude will never produce positive change.
  • by Mad as Hell Location: Columbia on Sep 1, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    Our service men and women in Iraq have to purchase personal hygeine products. Our school teachers have to purchase materials out of their own pockets to educate our children. Yet the federal gov't gives away $4500 dollars to people to purchase cars that they can't afford, and the state builds fishing piers on the coast in hopes of improving tourism. Our leaders have one mixed up set of priorities. I've have no problem with a tax increase if they have been fiscally resposnsible. Start by first eliminating handouts to people and causes that do not generate revenues themselves (i.e. work and pay taxes)
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    To Tom: let me know when you start organizing the abolishment- you have my support. To Anon: Bev's got to go!!!! To David: if the INS would go to a Walmart on a Saturday and lock the doors demand to see papers or deport, then we wouldn't have to support them anyway.
  • by Momof3 Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2009 at 09:37 AM
    This is what happens when certain political groups become the majority- taxes, taxes, and more taxes.
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    Tom, HEAR HEAR!!! Give these people an education on The Declaration; seems many don't believe in it anymore. To service personnel: we know you took an oath and respect you all for doing your best to uphold it; but when the administration that is leading you does not follow the oathes they took, then you are morally and ethically jusitified to do what it takes to assist w/ the civilian population to bring back the government that made this nation the greatsest in the world. Your commander in chief and his administration have proven themselves NOT worthy to run this country and are taking it in a direction that was not intended. Am I advocating the extreme here? Enough is enough!! Its time to take a stand.
  • by confused Location: pink hill on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:46 AM
    Just buy off the internet out of state as much as possible NO SALES TAX!!!!! Purdue will just cut state workers salary again so she can build another fishing pier at the coast!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by tom Location: goldsboro on Sep 1, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    ...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness....
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