January 29, 2013
Contact: Clay Pittman - 919-821-2777 (ext. 304)
Governor McCrory already Breaking Campaign Promises:
Now Considering Tax Increases he had Ruled Out During Campaign.
Gov. McCrory has stated he is considering the Senate Republicans Tax Reform plan championed by Sen. Rucho and designed by right-wing consultant Arthur Laffer, which includes eliminating corporate and personal income taxes and replacing the revenue with new sales taxes such as a food tax and an increase in existing sales taxes. However, when he was running for governor, Candidate McCrory specifically ruled out those types of tax increases:
“I've stated on the record I am not raising the 4.75% sales tax increase.” (North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Debate, 10/16/12)
“McCrory's campaign said he opposes higher food taxes.” (News & Observer, “Under the Dome,” 7/31/12)
His campaign spokesman even said that suggesting McCrory would consider such tax increases was “desperate and absurd”.
Despite previously claiming he wouldn’t raise these taxes and his own budget director, Art Pope having called them “‘absolutely, no doubt’: regressive” McCrory made clear he is still considering this radical tax overhaul. (News & Observer, 1/23/13)
“Candidate McCrory spent 2012 promising not to raise the sales taxes or create a new tax on groceries, yet only a few weeks into his administration Governor McCrory seems to have forgotten those promises.” said NCDP spokesman Clay Pittman. “McCrory is hardly the first politician to say one thing while campaigning then do another in office but that doesn’t mean that working families should be stuck with higher grocery bills to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy,” he concluded.
North Carolina Democratic Party
(office) 919-821-2777 (ext. 304)