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Senate targets Sunday for budget proposal

Posted May 16, 2013

Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth

— The state Senate plans to unveil its budget plan for the coming fiscal year late Sunday, Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Pete Brunstetter said Thursday.

Lawmakers will not include legislation rewriting the state's tax system in the budget bill, said Brunstetter, R-Forsyth. However, he said, the Senate's spending plan will anticipate a change in tax code, meaning budget-writers will have less money with which to work.

"We will not expend the amount of money we don't expect to collect," Brunstetter said.

Aside from that, he would not disclose the bottom-line spending numbers or other details, saying that members of the Senate have not yet been briefed on details of the bill.

The House and Senate are in the process of rolling out competing tax packages. Both sets of reform bills are expected to lower corporate and personal income taxes while applying sales tax to more goods and services.

Senate lawmakers are expected to review the contents of the budget plan during committee meetings on Monday afternoon. Brunstetter said he expected the full Senate to debate and pass the bill on Wednesday and Thursday.

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  • goldenosprey May 17, 2013

    "No one is being penalized." whatelseisnew

    From the very same post:" I am being penalized, not the 20K person."

    So, who, if anyone is being punished?

    The guy paying record low taxes ($200K person), or the guy who has seen his real wages decline over the last several decades while his job creator's wealth has increased exponentially? That would be the $20K guy.

  • miseem May 16, 2013

    We will not expend the amount of money we don't expect to collect," Brunstetter said.

    He's really on the ball. Since NC is required to have a balanced budget. But it sounds good to his base.

  • junkmail5 May 16, 2013

    Good. The people who make 200K have been paying an unfair share of the taxes. -whatelseisnew

    that's true, they've paid far less than they should.

    Rich people have spend most of the last 10+ years paying HISTORICALLY low taxes.

    It's a shame the GOP in NC is pushing even further in that direction.

    I receive LESS benefit from Government than someone making 20K- lessismore

    More nonsense.

    The rich get VASTLY more benefit from government services than the poor... that's, again, a very basic economic concept.

    Might wanna take a class or two on the topic sometime.

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2013

    "The ones doing the penalizing are you and your republicans. Why do you penalize those who provide cheap labor with little or no benefits to those Blessed Elite whom God has chosen to lead the nation?"

    No one is being penalized. This fixes a lot of inequities in the current tax system. I receive LESS benefit from Government than someone making 20K and I pay a lot more in tax than that person. I am being penalized, not the 20K person.

  • whatelseisnew May 16, 2013

    "People who are making $20K for whatever character flaw you impute, will pay MORE in taxes next year than last. People who make $200K because they work harder (yeah, right) will pay less in taxes."

    Good. The people who make 200K have been paying an unfair share of the taxes. Someone who is making 20K is paying very very little of the tax burden. Getting them to contribute a little more is a good thing not a bad thing. If we actually had a system where everyone had to pay, we would see far less demand for Government to keep spending more money. Current tax policies have resulted in an explosion of taxation and an explosion of Government programs, and endless cycle. Well if you are in the group that pays nothing or very little of the cost, you have no reason to care and frequently the people paying little to none benefit from bigger and new government handouts. If you are so concerned, then either pay in more than you have to pay OR find a 20K person and give them money.

  • goldenosprey May 16, 2013

    "And who made you the judge to penalize those of us who are successful? Envy, will drive liberals mad."

    People who are making $20K for whatever character flaw you impute, will pay MORE in taxes next year than last. People who make $200K because they work harder (yeah, right) will pay less in taxes.

    The ones doing the penalizing are you and your republicans. Why do you penalize those who provide cheap labor with little or no benefits to those Blessed Elite whom God has chosen to lead the nation?

    The flipside of what you call envy is greed and exploitation.

  • junkmail5 May 16, 2013

    Requiring people to pay taxes on lawn care, vet bills, nail salon services and the stuff they are talking about...will affect those who can afford it, more than those that can't.- uscnnc

    No, exactly the opposite.

    Because sales taxes are regressive and _always_ harder on those who make less.

    That's econ 101 stuff man.

    Income taxes, as done most places in the US anyway, are progressive, the rates go up as you earn more, so cutting rates "across the board" always benefits the wealthy the most. Likewise econ 101.

    I mean, I'm in the top bracket myself, so great for me... but I don't lie and claim it's not gonna benefit me on the backs of the poor, because that's exactly what it's doing, and exactly what the GOP intends for it to do.

  • teleman60 May 16, 2013

    Why do this late SUNDAY????

    Why are the republicans constantly trying to hide what they are doing from the public until it's too late to stop them?

  • uscnnc May 16, 2013

    "If you make $20,000 per year and have your lawn taken care of by a service, you need to suffer." uscnnc

    Who made you the judge of who needs to suffer? If you make $20K and are too old or infirm to care for your yard you probably already suffer a lot.If you make $20K a year and your heat or A/C goes out you NEED to suffer. If your car breaks down and you can't get to work, you NEED to suffer. If you are sick, have a toothache, need to hire a lawyer -you NEED to suffer.

    Why? So those who make $200 K suffer less.

    And who made you the judge to penalize those of us who are successful? Envy, will drive liberals mad.

  • goldenosprey May 16, 2013

    "If you make $20,000 per year and have your lawn taken care of by a service, you need to suffer." uscnnc

    Who made you the judge of who needs to suffer? If you make $20K and are too old or infirm to care for your yard you probably already suffer a lot.If you make $20K a year and your heat or A/C goes out you NEED to suffer. If your car breaks down and you can't get to work, you NEED to suffer. If you are sick, have a toothache, need to hire a lawyer -you NEED to suffer.

    Why? So those who make $200 K suffer less.

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