NC GOP tax reform: tax student meals to pay for tax cuts for the rich

That bitter aftertaste is voter's remorse:

Meal plans and event tickets sold on North Carolina university campuses were formerly exempt from the state’s 6.75 percent sales tax, but the N.C. General Assembly repealed that exemption over the summer. The change takes effect Jan. 1.

“To give you an example with real numbers, (consider) the Value 14 — currently that plan is $1,725, so it’s going to go up to $1,854. It’s about a $129 increase,” said Mike Freeman, director of auxiliary services. “But it’s not money we get. It’s going straight to the Department of Revenue.”

And that money going straight to the Department of Revenue is coming (mostly) from North Carolina's shrinking middle-class, who Republicans have abandoned. Actually, they never cared for the middle-class in the first place, so "abandoned" may be an inappropriate term. "Screwed again" is much closer to the truth.


Task for liberal campus groups

Make sure you make a bunch of small square paper cutouts that read "I PAID TAXES ON THIS MEAL SO ART POPE COULD GET A TAX REFUND" and leave them around campus eateries.

Wealth redistribution

The GOP says they despise it, but the truth is that they like wealth redistribution, so long as it goes in the direction they approve.

In this case from college kids to Art Pope.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Well framed

This is a great example of explaining the nature of the tradeoffs they're forcing.

Guess the DTH

I guess the DTH is regretting their GOP endorsement now.