BTC Statement: House tax plan puts NC economy at risk

BTC Statement: House tax plan puts NC economy at risk
Both House and Senate tax plans are "losing strategies" that will harm families and the foundations of economic growth


RALEIGH (May 16, 2013) — The House tax plan will put at risk funding for educating our kids, maintaining our natural resources, and keeping our communities safe, all in order to provide the wealthiest North Carolinians with tax cuts. 

The centerpiece of the plan is an unaffordable income tax cut that will primarily benefit the rich and profitable corporations.  The $1.2 billion price tag over five years is more than what we spend on our community colleges annually. 

Washington lobbyist Grover Norquist is wrong about both the House and Senate tax cut plans. Neither is a good strategy for generating economic growth, better-paying jobs or encouraging people to move here.  What North Carolina needs is an educated workforce that supports innovation and a high quality of life, which will continue to make the state a great place to live and do business.  These ingredients for a strong economy  require state investment that simply won’t be possible if these tax cuts become law.

Both tax plans are losing strategies for North Carolina. Not only will families be harmed but the foundations of economic growth will also be threatened.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Alexandra Forter Sirota, Budget & Tax Center Director,, 919.861.1468.