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Higher taxes could be in state budget equation

Posted June 5, 2009
Updated June 6, 2009

— House Democrats working to fill a budget hole of more than $4 billion said Friday that spending cuts are so deep and severe that higher taxes might be the only way to alleviate some of the pain.

Saying that cuts without taxes will be too devastating, House Finance Committee Chairwoman Rep. Jennifer Weiss, D-Wake, said Friday that House leaders are in discussions about ways to raise revenue.

As it stands now, the House’s spending proposal calls for increasing class sizes in public schools, hiking tuition at state colleges and universities, closing prisons and making significant cuts to, or in some cases, eliminating services. Among the cuts: $171 million from the Department of Correction and more than $1 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services.

State budget Higher taxes could be in state budget equation

House leaders said that they are being inundated with e-mail from constituents who say the proposed cuts cannot happen and that they are willing to see increased taxes.

“This week was a wake-up call for people,” said Rep. Ty Harrell, D-Wake. “The phone is ringing off the hook. The e-mail is continuing to grow.”

Republican consultant Carter Wrenn said he has seen a similar pattern by Democrats. He said that in the past they have insisted only on budget cuts but then, because of a public outcry, have agreed to new taxes.

The most recent entry on his blog is entitled “The Big Scam.” Wrenn thinks the budget crisis is very real but he believes enough waste and pet projects can be eliminated from the budget without sacrificing services.

“I think we’ve never had the debate on waste,” Wrenn said. “Instead, we had a debate on cutting some things that people really need, and given that choice, the reaction was, ‘OK, let's raise taxes.’”

A House budget with a revenue package is not a done deal, but more and more Democrats are speculating it might not be a matter of whether taxes are included but what kind.

Gov. Bev Perdue and the Senate have said a cuts-only approach to balancing the budget is not in the best interest of the state.

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  • Even Jun 8, 2009

    Everyone act suprised! Campaign is over now here comes the taxes and there go the promises. Just wait until you see the what the Feds will do to us. Who do you think will pay for health care reform? Not the illegals. When will we ever learn?

  • pagewood Jun 8, 2009

    I love this. You were told before the election by the liberals that if you put them in power your taxes will be raised. Ha! Ha! North Carolina, your taxes are going up. This is GREAT!!! Wait till you find out what your liberal socialist Federal Government has in store for you! "IGNORANCE", the most abundant quality a person has! Oh, in case you ignorant hadn't figured it out yet, liberals don't care whatsoever about you or anyone. They care about how much power and control they have over you and ignorance succeeded in giving them just that. So suffer people!

  • balog Jun 8, 2009

    "They claim they are receiving emails from people saying to raise taxes? Remember, thanks to our Fascist president Obama, more than 50% of the people no longer pay taxes.

    Another point - states with no income tax are not having problems. It seems their economic engines are still running, so they are devastated with beggars wanting government handouts.
    Return the Republic"

    And where do you get your facts from? Show me one state that doesn't collect income taxes that "isnt have problems."

    And before you claim the president is a facist, I suggest you look up the meaning of the word. So sorry your warbird didn't win the election and worse yet, an old white man didn't get elected to office. Too bad so sad.

  • Panther Jun 8, 2009

    Lets start by cutting the fat, First of all lets start at the top and cut the Gov's job!

  • edbuck51 Jun 8, 2009

    the only people pushing for higher taxes are those that don't pay any

  • me2you Jun 8, 2009

    UNBELIEVALBLE. where do they think we can get money to pay for their pet projects and junk?

  • agentm Jun 8, 2009

    jeff_w both parties do that... or did you forgot that we had 8 years of it.....

  • SME2 Jun 8, 2009

    Spreading it amongst the people is better than forcing State employees to burden 1/4 of the projected shortfall with a 10% cut in pay.

  • ambidextrous cat Jun 8, 2009

    If only a libertarian candidate were elected... they wouldn't just raise taxes when the going gets tough!

    I say cut all of the useless social programs!

  • delilahk2000 Jun 8, 2009

    Yea, Bev. keep us down so you can live high and the H233 with the taxpayers. We don't need money to pay our bills just yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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