Crocodile tears are being shed.
As the deadline looms July 1 for the "temporary" sales tax increase to expire, and the House and Senate seem to be nowhere close to agreement on whether to extend the tax increase or not, even the supposed "conservative" Democratic House members are stooping to new lows of rhetoric to explain their insatiable desire for more revenue.
Check out this little gem from Rep. Jim Crawford (D-Granville):
"(A tax cut) looks good. It sounds good. But, down the road, folks will be starving, and won’t have any health care," Crawford said. "If that sunsets, I think it will be gone, and it may be another year or two, but we’ll be raising taxes again."
You’ve got to be kidding me. Boo-hoo.
Let’s just review a little:
The state budget is scheduled to be around $20.2 billion.
The surplus is scheduled to be around $1.4 billion.
The sales tax expiring will reduce tax collections by $300 million.
You’re telling me that by letting the people of North Carolina keep $300 million of their own money the right honorable elected officials can’t find enough room in a $20 billion budget to "not let people starve or have any health care?"