McCrory prefers more moderate reform plans

Posted May 30, 2013

Gov. Pat McCrory says he prefers the two tax reform plans introduced Thursday that do not tax food or prescriptions or extend sales tax to currently untaxed businesses.

In an emailed statement, McCrory said a plan introduced in the House and one backed by Sens. Dan Clodfelter, D-Mecklenburg, and Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, are "closest to my position," but he said his staff has not yet verified the numbers in any proposal.

He also expressed opposition to taxing food, medicine or services that are not currently collecting and remitting sales taxes. All three of those proposals are part of the reform plan authored by Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg.

Here's the full statement:

“I believe the bipartisan plan set forth by Senators Fletcher Hartsell and Dan Clodfelter as well as Representative David Lewis’ bill are closest to my position. After more than five months of serious dialogue with community, business and legislative leaders, we are on the cusp of tax reform.

“My administration still needs to validate the numbers of each plan to ensure we have sufficient funds to serve the citizens of North Carolina.

“We all share the goals of reducing personal and corporate income taxes. But I cannot support a plan which turns too many North Carolinians into first-time tax collectors. For instance, we do not want to require a young adult mowing lawns over the summer to collect taxes for his or her services.

“I am also opposed to taxing food and medicine.

“Our ultimate goal is to reduce tax rates for North Carolina families and businesses. The final tax plan must make North Carolina more competitive in order to create jobs and put our people back to work. This in turn will increase state revenue, allowing future tax relief without cutting public services."


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  • lawdawg302 Jun 2, 2013

    I am not interested in more "moderate" anything. i want serious reform. I have had to deal with "moderate" in this state my whole life. If all I am going to get with "Republican" leadership is democrat lite, I see no value in "Republican" leadership. If the GOP in this state is just Dem lite, no thanks.

  • peace2u Jun 2, 2013

    If Romney had won this is the sort of thing we would have seen on a national level. Stick it to the poor and working class while rewarding the 1%. Thankfully America was on to him.

  • teleman60 May 31, 2013

    He still isn't specifically disavowing taxing Social Security. The moronic majority GA seems intent on voting themselves and their corporate masters a 50% tax cut paid for by the working poor and middle incomes.

    When is the disavowing of State religion, hunting with silencers, guns in bars and college parked cars and all the other crazy wing nut time waster legislation start?

  • jlp May 31, 2013

    "A tax increase on 80% of NC is not what the GOP ran on." - 42

    Then perhaps you should have done a little research on the modern GOP and specifically the NC GOP and their backers before voting. None of this comes as any surprise to those of us who did a little research ahead of time. We can only hope more moderate minded people like yourself come down with buyer's remorse before 2014 and 2016.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone May 31, 2013

    "Prefers"? Then you need to veto the bill. Or else we'll "prefer" another govenor in 2016.

    A tax increase on 80% of NC is not what the GOP ran on.

  • tayled May 31, 2013

    I suggest that everyone get a copy of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and see the similarities between the puppet governor and the political boss and our current administration.

  • jlp May 31, 2013

    "he can "prefer" anything he wants, but boss pope still tells him what to do." - oakcity

    Also the legislature has the votes to override. McCrory is weak and ineffectual. This is why you very rarely even see the guy. He is an irrelevant absentee governor. His only job is to hide the veto stamp and stay out of the spotlight. His owners believe if he can hide from the public long enough he can keep his approval up for re-election. No news is good news right? Let's hope they are wrong and the people grow tired of this lack of leadership. Hey Pat, I would be honored to help you move out in 2016, just give me a call. I will even rent the U-Haul.

  • oakcity May 31, 2013

    he can "prefer" anything he wants, but boss pope still tells him what to do.

  • tayled May 31, 2013

    But without line item veto, he either has to approve or veto the entire legislation.

  • tayled May 31, 2013

    Please Gov. McCrory, if you have any compassion, let's veto this whole tax reform idea and start over. Yes, we need reform, but not on the backs of the poor and those less fortunate, which is who this overhaul will hurt the most.