by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Senator Brown’s response to Governor McCrory’s recent announcement that he will veto the sales tax fairness proposal:
I can’t figure out if Pat thinks he is the Governor of Charlotte or the Mayor of North Carolina. Today, over 100 local officials from across the state came out in support of sales tax fairness. Sadly, the governor’s tone-deaf response to their overwhelming support is doubling down on a 2007 sales tax policy change that kicked rural North Carolina in the teeth. Pat has spent 85 percent of our incentive money in the three richest urban counties and passed a transportation plan that diverts road money away from rural areas to urban areas, so it is hard to take his idea to help rural North Carolina by doing more of the same seriously. I have repeatedly asked the governor for a real plan to help the more than 80 counties across the state that benefit from the Sales Tax Fairness Act, and I am still waiting on his response.
Wow. Just wow.
Governor McCrory and Harry Brown should settle this the old-fashioned way – high noon on Jones Street.