Progressive protestors, including “Moral Monday” demonstrators, have for roughly the past year voiced their opposition to a supposed state “tax increase” passed last year. Specifically, they gripe that the landmark 2013 North Carolina tax reform – which lowered income tax rates on all income levels – actually results in a tax increase on 80 percent of North Carolinians. Lower-and middle- income households will be especially hard hit, they claim.
The “80 percent will pay higher taxes”, however, has been soundly debunked. Washington Post fact-checkers have called the claim “absurd,” factcheck.org bluntly said the claim “is wrong,” while WRAL-TV in Raleigh declared the statement is “unsupported by facts,” and “is simply not right.”
Indeed, even the head of the organization that produced the report used as the basis for the 80 percent claim has publicly acknowledged, “It’s just a very inaccurate use of the 80 percent number.”
So progressives are quick to voice outrage over make-believe tax increases, but how do they feel about actual tax hikes?
Between 1991 and 2009, the state sales tax nearly doubled from 3 percent to a high of 5.75 percent. Adding on local sales taxes, most North Carolina families were paying a 7.75 percent sales tax on purchases.
Progressives label the sales tax as “regressive” and harmful to low-income households disproportionately. So why no protests in 1991, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 or 2009, all years in which the sales tax was increased? And recall it was Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue who wanted to extend the 2009 temporary sales tax increase in 2011, a “regressive” tax that would have cost North Carolinians $820 million a year. Yet chanting protesters were notably absent from the legislature’s hallways that year.
The fact of the matter is that progressives have no problem with tax increases – even so-called regressive tax hikes – as evinced by their silence on a long list of tax-raising legislation over the last few decades.
A partial list of significant tax increases enacted from 1985 to 2010 in NC:
- Authorized local governments to add another 0.5% to sales tax – 1986
- Increased state gas tax by 2 cents per gallon plus a new 3% sales tax on wholesale price of gas – 1986
- Increased corporate tax rate from 6% to 7% – 1987
- Raised excise tax on liquor from 22.5% to 28% – 1987
- Increase state sales tax rate from 3% to 4% – 1991
- Raise tax on insurance premiums from 1.75% to 1.9% – 1991
- Increased corporate tax rate from 7% to 7.75% and levy an additional surtax from ’91 to ’94 – 1991
- Added a 7.75% personal income tax rate for income above $100,000 – 1991
- Motor fuels tax increased by ½ cent – 1991
- Increased cigarette tax from 2 cents per pack to 5 cents, levies a 2% tax on wholesale price of other tobacco products – 1991
- Imposed a 1% gross receipts tax on movie admissions – 1998
- Increased state sales tax rate from 4% to 4.5% (supposed to expire in 2003) – 2001
- Created an 8.25% personal income tax bracket for highest income households (supposed to expire in 2003) – 2001
- Imposed 5% sales tax on satellite television service – 2001
- Renewed the “temporary” 4.5% state sales tax rate – 2003
- Renewed the “temporary” 8.25% income tax rate – 2003
- Increased tax on telecommunications from 6% to 7% – 2005
- Increased sales tax on liquor from 6% to 7% – 2005
- Increased cigarette tax from 5 cents per pack to 35 cents – 2005
- Extended the 8.25% income tax rate for another 2 years – 2005
- Increased tax on home satellite services from 5% to 7% – 2005
- Renewed (again) the “temporary” 4.5% state sales tax rate – 2005
- Made permanent ¼ penny of the 2001 “temporary” state sales tax increase – 2007
- Increases state sales tax rate from 4.75% to 5.75% (also in 2009 as part of the “Medicaid swap,” 0.5% of the local sales tax was shifted to the state) – 2009
- Changed the state gas tax cap to a floor, ensuring higher gas tax – 2009
- New sales tax on online click-though sales and digital products – 2009
- Increased taxes on beer, wine and liquor – 2009
- Increased tax on cigarettes and tobacco products – 2009
- Created a “temporary” 3% surcharge on tax bill for corporate income taxes – 2009
- Created a “temporary” surcharge beginning at 2% for personal incomes over $60K – 2009
You forgot to mention that your superstar Ronnie Reagan also increased taxes. It would be more appropriate for this organization to focus on the hear and now. If you are so focused on what has happened in the past, perhaps you should expand on the Bush administrations crashing of the economy & shredding of the Constitution you supposedly love so much?
“But given that before the sales tax is factored in, 35 percent of taxpayers would see a tax increase and another 16 percent would see no change, Wiehe says, when sales taxes are added, “it’s safe to say a majority of taxpayers will pay more under this plan.”
But not 80 percent.”.
Agreed that it isn’t 80%, but more people will pay higher taxes. Were you hoping people cannot read for themselves?
One more less than honest article at this site.
Larry Mcduffie says
Hey yo yo,you are as bad as old Lonnie.Why were u not in Releigh beating on your pots and pans when the Democrats raised the sales tax.We were the highest taxed state in the Southeast for years under the Democrats.Not a peep out of u then.Probably because people that don’t pay any taxes don’t care how high they go.