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Dems push for public pressure on GOP for jobs plan

Posted November 7, 2011

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— Dozens of Democratic lawmakers on Monday called for North Carolina residents to speak up and push Republican legislators toward a plan that the Democrats say will create thousands of jobs statewide.

The plan calls for increasing the state sales tax rate by 0.7 cent, eliminating tax loopholes and creating incentives for small businesses to hire workers.

"This is an absolutely awful economy," said Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, who is leading the push for the plan. "What we need, I think, is public pressure to address the issue."

Republican legislative leaders have remained adamant that they will not raise taxes during a sluggish economy. The GOP cut state spending in the 2011-12 budget rather than extend a temporary one-cent increase to the sales tax rate, which expired in June.

They have maintained that the state's economic woes were not created overnight, and that cuts are the best way to put North Carolina back on track.

Faison and fellow Democrats remain undeterred. Restoring part of the penny to the sales tax would create about 34,000 jobs, they said, while changes to North Carolina's tax policy could put another 200,000 people back to work.

He said he has called on Republicans three times in the last two months to hold a special legislative session on measures to boost North Carolina's economy and is frustrated by the lack of movement on the idea.

Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange Some business owners unconvinced by Democrats' jobs plan

"Look, seven-tenths of a cent is really nothing, and it does a great amount of good," Faison said. "Stop holding it up. Move it forward, (and) then what we'll get is bipartisan support."

The Democrats invited two business owners to their news conference to support the jobs plan, but at least one came away unconvinced that the suggestions lawmakers are putting forward would work.

"A tax credit here and a tax credit there, that's not going to solve the problem," said Jimmy Shepard, chief executive of TranscoWash Systems, a small manufacturing company in Farmville. "They're putting Band-Aids on gunshot wounds."

Shepard said business owners like him are tired of the bickering, constant rhetoric and partisanship in the General Assembly.

"I haven't heard anything that will truly help small businesses here in North Carolina ... from either party," he said.

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  • WooHoo2You Nov 8, 2011

    It's going to take the GOP President in 2013 2 full terms to undo the damage the current one did.-ThePunisher

    You mean the economic collapse of 2008? Wait, that was BEFORE our current president...

  • SARCASTICLES Nov 8, 2011

    Whatsamatta with them dang democrats, anyway? the GOP HAS TOO created TONS of jobs......Hedge-Fund managers, Oil Speculators, Investment Bankers, AM Talk Radio Hacks, the list goes on and on.....;)

    This Unpleasant Reality Was Brought To You By Americans For Jab Security

  • whatusay Nov 8, 2011

    Why doesn't the democrats present some jobs plans, like they have been doing for the past 100 years? The democrat jobs plan, a .7 cents sales tax....how can you call that a jobs plan?
    Can anyone explain how a tax hike will create jobs????

  • PeaceOut2017 Nov 8, 2011

    It's going to take the GOP President in 2013 2 full terms to undo the damage the current one did.

  • PeaceOut2017 Nov 8, 2011

    It's not a jobs plan, it's a tax and spend plan. Spend $450 billion now and promise to pay it off in 10 years - yeah right. Aren't the dems supposed to be cutting the deficit or something?

  • godnessgracious2 Nov 8, 2011

    Dems can't grow jobs without tax dollars

    Republicans can't grow jobs period. The only plan they have is to legalize pollution for their energy industry campaign donors.

  • Obama 2012 Nov 8, 2011

    Hey Republicans, where are the jobs? I'm pretty sure Gay Marriage bans, and restricting voter rights have nothing to do with job growth.

  • 1911A1 Nov 8, 2011

    Dems can't grow jobs without tax dollars , they want everyone to work for the government!

  • 5Rs Nov 8, 2011

    "actually everything was great until the GOP came along" - godnessgracious2

    You must be a prison warden or guard. The only thing "great" about the Dems in control is they were populating the state prisons themselves at a good rate. Lots of job security.

  • 5Rs Nov 8, 2011

    ""Look, seven-tenths of a cent is really nothing, and it does a great amount of good," Faison said" - article

    With Reps like this, no wonder we are in trouble. You can't have it both ways; it is either "nothing" or "could do a great amount of good", but last we knew "nothing" couldn't do "anything".

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