by Joseph Coletti
Senior Fellow, Fiscal Studies, John Locke Foundation
Gov. Roy Cooper took to Medium today to rail against Republican tax reforms in North Carolina and in Congress. His comparisons fall flat, however, because his comparisons for North Carolina start after the $1 billion reduction in sales taxes, passed over Gov. Perdue’s veto, that had a larger impact for people with lower incomes. Congressional tax reform will not end the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which actually can make a difference for families as opposed to the NC credit that was just 5% of the federal amount.
The governor has misrepresented facts before, as Mitch Kokai noted in July 2017.