Perdue Gets Help From 53 Mayors On Sales Tax

Gov. Beverly Perdue says her effort to generate revenue for public education through a temporary sales tax has the support of more than 50 North Carolina mayors.

Perdue rolled out Wednesday a letter signed by mayors from the coast to the mountains saying something must be done to counter education spending cuts in the budget approved by the Legislature last year.

The mayors include Wilmington's Bill Saffo and Bill Bell of Durham.

The open letter makes no specific mention to Perdue's proposal unveiled last week to increase the sales tax by three-quarters of a penny next year except to refer to "a fraction of a penny for progress."

Republican legislative leaders oppose Perdue's sales tax proposal and call it another ill-conceived solution of throwing money at public education problems.

Click on the related link below to read the names of the mayors in support.


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  • by Mary Location: Winfall, NC on Jan 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
    One third of the Mayors live in towns with populations under 1,000. Someone's getting fooled here. Where is all the populous town mayors on this?
  • by Jack Location: Outer Banks on Jan 26, 2012 at 03:53 PM
    http://eyeondare.blogspot.com/2012/01/mayors-act-without-board-approval.html Is what we see, what really happened?
  • by Be warned on Jan 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM
    All you mayors that want a tax hike, I dare you!! You won't get re-elected!!!
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jan 26, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    53 mayors?? What about the other 300 in North Carolina? How do they feel?
  • by Country boy Location: havelock on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM
    Gov Perdue and Pres Obama have one thing in common. Purdue will be leaving NC in the worst economic shape it has ever been in and Oama with do the same for the U.S.A. The end is in sight.
  • by mustainemad on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:33 AM
    I do not agree with much ol' Bev had to say, and I only agree with an increase in the sales tax up to a point--everyone needs to understand that the ONLY way to get taxes from the multitudes who pay no income tax is through sales taxes. Sales taxes should go up BUT income taxes and property taxes need to come down!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    Bev, shut-up and move to Mexico. No smart person likes you here..
  • by Chris on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    Middle class is having a hard time paying bills, welfare people are getting more for free, and imagine that, mayors (who make $150k / year) with taxpayer dollars want to raise taxes. I must be stupid.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    Bet she doesn't have a half dozen now that she has announced she won't be running for re-election. Like a bunch of slithering snakes, most of em will deny it and slip back into their little hiding places.
  • by HanktheYank Location: North of Mason Dixon on Jan 26, 2012 at 08:37 AM
    Dear Bev, I don't think you can throw enough money at this one, I've been down here a couple of years now and more money won't make this crowd more educated.
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