This is what Republican tax reform looks like:
Just as we’ve begun warming up to the possibility of a business deal that could lead to a significant reduction in utility bills, news comes this week of a new sales tax to be applied to utility rates, courtesy of the N.C. General Assembly.
Tucked inside the tax reforms passed in 2013 by the Republican-led General Assembly was an end to a utility franchise fee paid by power companies to cities and towns in North Carolina. That fee generated about $2.3 million annually for Rocky Mount.
Now, business and residential power bills will be subject to a 7 percent sales tax.
In a perfect world, this would put the final nail in the coffin of Republicans' claims of, "cutting the taxes of regular folks," but we don't live there. We live in a world where conservatives spend their days glued to Faux News and getting their panties in a wad about BenghaziCare, while the demagogues they voted for cater to the 1% who fill their campaign war chests. Irony, you've found a comfortable home in NC.