Statement from Rep. Bill Faison via email:
The Governor has finally stepped up and proposed what I have been calling for, together with seventy percent of the House Democrats, since September - restore part of the penny sales tax for education and jobs. I am happy to see that she understands that our proposal is the only way to restore opportunity for the unemployed and education. My colleagues and I led this effort to restore 7/10 of a penny sales tax to restore jobs and education cuts, together with closing tax loopholes that put a burden on working, middle class families and helping small businesses hire. It is unfortunate that the Governor did not join our efforts then or join me in letters to the GOP Leadership asking for this issue to be heard over the past months.
Education is the escalator to employment and it is not acceptable that we cut education to the level the Republican leadership has this session. People are hurting across North Carolina, as a result of cuts.
In the face of nationwide job losses and economic challenges affecting our state, the Republican Leadership in the General Assembly continues focusing on legislation that benefits big corporate donors and the radical social agenda of a few in their party, rather than dealing with the problems affecting the working middle class families – jobs, future employment, educational opportunities for our kids and energy costs.
While the Governor falls further behind the likely GOP opponent, she has finally decided to endorse a solid plan, and one I proposed months ago. I could have used her help in September on this issue as I tried to have it heard in the General Assembly. Instead the GOP Leadership keeps wasting our tax dollars to the tune of $50,000 per day on divisive issues. People across the state have been so responsive to the Jobs Plan my colleagues and I put forward because it touches them on the issues most important in their lives.
I don't know that I've ever seen such a sad bunch of whining in my life. To put it bluntly, Faison's plan was worthless and misguided from the get-go ... and the fact the Perdue has "finally" come onboard only makes it worse. Neither Perdue nor Faison has taken the right path on revenues, which would involve a significant increase in taxes on the wealthy. More to the point, it really doesn't matter what either of them thinks. Republicans aren't going to raise taxes, period. Faison's whining about Perdue's refusal to follow him down the rabbit hole is silly and obnoxious.
This email is just another round bullshit grandstanding.