As 2013 begins to draw to a close, it seems that the NC GOP spin machine is directed toward trying to persuade North Carolinians that they'll get a tax cut, including the use of posters with babies and countdown tweets:
48 days until the tax code is simplified, money returns to your pockets and NC jumps from 44th to the 17th best state for business #ncpol
— David R Lewis (@RepDavidRLewis) November 14, 2013
As usual, the right-wing spin machine cherry-picks facts and cites a few anecdotal cases where certain people will save a small bit in income taxes. We know that with the loss of the earned income tax credit, many low-income households will actually pay more income tax so that Art Pope and his friends can get substantial tax decreases.
But the big part they don't tell you about is the substantial increase in sales taxes, in many cases on goods and services that never had been taxed before. This is what will cause the overall tax bill for many North Carolinians to increase.
The upcoming expansion of the state sales tax to a broad range of admissions charges – including movies, college and professional sporting events, concerts, plays and museums – means that arts patrons and sports fans alike will probably pay more to enjoy their favorite pastimes.
“The losers here are the general public,” [movie theater group president Bill] Peebles said. “I’m passing the full 6.75 percent [in some counties, 7.5%] on to the public. ... I can’t absorb that. I have to make money. I have to pay bills.”
"But wait!", you might say, "Rich people have to pay sales taxes too!" True, but it's less of a burden for them, especially when the Jones Street House of Pain maintained loopholes that cap the sales tax on certain items -- items that only rich people buy, such as yachts, private jets and country club membership. And the sales tax is regressive even without loopholes for the rich.
So college kids pay more for food; everyone pays more to see a movie, concert or sports event; and middle-class and working poor people will pay a greater share of their income in taxes than rich people.
This is what happens when you put Art Pope in charge of the state.
Keep spinning, GOP spin machine. You're gonna have a really tough time with this one when people experience reality every day that contradicts the lies you're telling them.