GOP tax "reform": tax movies, not yachts

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:

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.

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This will tick off DAG McCrony & the Tillisberger

From the same article:

When Ambassador Entertainment raises the ticket prices at its four Raleigh movie theaters in January – its first price hike in four years – moviegoers will receive leaflets blaming the increase on state legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory.

“I plan to put responsibility where responsibility is due,” said Bill Peebles, president of Ambassador, whose theaters include the Rialto and Mission Valley Cinema.

We can already hear the GOP howling about this one (Tillis will howl the loudest of all, when people place blame for a tax increase squarely on his shoulders while he's trying to get tea party votes to become a US senator). "Unfair!", they'll scream. "That's misleading! It's a cost of doing business and you need to adjust!" they'll screech through froth-covered mouths.

They'll say all this just as soon as they finish praising folks like "Papa John", Denny's and Applebees for telling the public that they're going to raise prices and cut employees' hours because of the increased costs imposed by Obamacare.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

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When Ambassador Entertainment raises the ticket prices at its four Raleigh movie theaters in January – its first price hike in four years – moviegoers will receive leaflets blaming the increase on state legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory.

Small business owners need to use this tactic even more.

Arts education?

Field trips to museums...who needs 'em?

Arts N.C.’s [executive director Karen] Wells agrees that someone considering buying a $25 ticket to a play or concert isn’t likely to be dissuaded by a tax that amounts to less than $2. But what about a PTA that is buying concert or theater [editorial addition: or museum] tickets for hundreds of schoolchildren?

“That 7 percent becomes pretty significant for that PTA,” she said.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis