Hagan touts tax credits, criticizes state leaders

Posted August 1, 2013
Updated August 2, 2013

— In an interview with WRAL News Thursday, Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Republican state lawmakers are underfunding education and trying to suppress the vote.

Hagan spoke with reporters to promote her work to preserve the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. The Senate Finance Committee is reportedly considering repealing those credits as part of its work on tax reform. 

Hagan said the federal credits are especially important to North Carolina's military families. She says 64,000 claimed one or both credits last year. 

Asked about the state tax reform initiative recently passed by Republican lawmakers, Hagan says she's concerned about its impact on lower- and middle-income families. She said it will also diminish the state's ability to give raises to teachers.

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"I've heard teachers in Charlotte are actually leaving and going to work in South Carolina," she said. "We need to be concerned about that. Being 46th in teacher pay, 48th in per-pupil spending is not ... where North Carolina should be."

Hagan said she believes voters want to see progress on jobs and education rather than partisan battles at the state or federal level.

"I think some of the issues that I've seen take place in the General Assembly this session is certainly looking the other way, and it's certainly not focusing on jobs," she said. 

She declined to answer a question about Moral Mondays and the 2014 elections but took the opportunity to slam Republican leaders for their sweeping changes to the state's voting and campaign finance laws in the final days of session. 

"[People] want to be able to vote. When we're talking about voter fraud – I don't think that has anything to do with how many days the polls are open or the fact that unlimited money now can go to the state parties. I think that's a red herring," Hagan said. "We ought to be sure that people have the right to vote and encourage that, instead of suppressing the vote."

Hagan's Republican counterpart, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, declined to comment on the state education budget or the voting changes. 

“Senator Burr has been focused on the critical issues facing the federal government and the national issues his constituents elected him to work on, not the legislative items his constituents sent their state representatives to Raleigh to work on," said Burr Press Secretary Robert Reid in a written statement. "He looks forward to continuing to work with his Senate colleagues on the repeal of 'Obamacare,' tackling the national debt, fixing the tax code, repairing our broken entitlement programs and forging bipartisan solutions to student lending and other higher education issues.”

Ray Martin, a spokesman for North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, said Hagan should be thanking Berger for cleaning up "the disaster she made of state government."

"It's tough for North Carolinians to take seriously the policy advice of someone who wrecked the state budget, raised taxes and killed jobs, cast the deciding vote to force 'Obamacare' down our throats and lacked the political clout to extend federal benefits to 70,000 unemployed North Carolinians," Martin said in a statement. "I'm not sure if we're better off because of Kay Hagan's failure to pass a budget in Washington, but she should stop the hypocritical rhetoric."


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  • Schpartacus Aug 2, 2013

    Hagan voted for the immigration bill. She loves illegal immigrants more than existing North Carolina citizens.

    I certainly don't consider the NC General Assembly the ideal of perfection but at least they aren't selling us out to noncitizens to win votes.

  • miseem Aug 2, 2013

    We'll see come nest election. Two years ago, I'd say that any GOP member running against her would win. After 2 year of GOP control of the GA and 7 months of total control, I think a lot of NC is ready to make a statement that the GOP is overreaching and sticking their nose where it doesn't belong. Back benchers always get a lot of support from rabble rousing about the party in control. The GOP has proven over the last two years, it's not about the economy, the state or jobs. It's about their social agenda, corporate welfare, cutting taxes for the wealthiest, and staying in power. Mainly staying in power. It's easy to gripe from the sidelines. A little harder when you actually have to perform.

  • Danny22 Aug 2, 2013

    hagan is toast. She had better enjoy being a liberal stamp while she can, cause she's coming home.

  • baldchip Aug 2, 2013

    Hagan is a typical liberal. No amount of money is enough for education. Accountability of how the funds are used do not count!!

    She needs a new job-not in DC and not in Raleigh!!

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Aug 2, 2013

    Strike 1: Obama Care
    Strike 2: Stimulus and son of stimulus
    Strike 3: Immigration Reform


  • whatelseisnew Aug 2, 2013

    "We ought to be sure that people have the right to vote and encourage that, instead of suppressing the vote."

    There is no suppression of the vote. NONE. I will vote in the next election just as I have voted in all of the other elections. So will everyone else that wants to show up and vote. this is just a lie and to borrow a favored phrase from the left: Fear mongering.

  • Confucius say Aug 2, 2013

    "Hagan spoke with reporters to promote her work to preserve the federal Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit."

    It's another form of welfare. The more kids, the more welfare.

    "We ought to be sure that people have the right to vote and encourage that, instead of suppressing the vote."

    The right to vote is not affected. Everyone still has the right to vote. No rights are absolute. I have the right to bear arms but I need an ID to buy them. I have the right to free speech but I can't yell fire in a movie theatre or make racial slurs without consequences. I have the right to drive a car on the road but I have to have a license to do so legally. Democrats are fighting voter ID because it takes away the ability to commit voter fraud, and Dems benefit from vote fraud.

  • Pooter McGooter Aug 2, 2013

    tas0417: "She started with such promise, but truly hasn't done anything to benefit our country. Her biggest claim to fame so far has been initiating the coverup of Benghazi, which is now an absolute dumpster fire - ugh."

    Amen tas0417, Amen!

  • caronia49 Aug 2, 2013

    Another proud moment for wral and all the liberal media. Interview Hagan and everyone has to believe she is good for NC and and the Nation, believe me she is the poorest example of an elected official in Congress. The only thought she has is what she is told to think and do by the Democratic Leaders in Washington. Let's send her home next year.

  • tas0417 Aug 2, 2013

    She started with such promise, but truly hasn't done anything to benefit our state. Her biggest claim to fame so far is casting a deciding vote for Obamacare, which is now an absoute dumpster fire - ugh.