Gov. Beverley Perdue is refusing to state when her newly proposed “temporary” sales-tax increase would expire. According to the Charlotte Observer, at an event in Charlotte, NC Gov. Perdue fielded questions form reporters on her plan to increase the sales tax in North Carolina by 15%:
In speaking with reporters after her speech, Perdue said she wouldn’t give a specific timeline as to how long the temporary tax should be in place.
She said she was optimistic the state’s economy was turning around, and said she would repeal the tax when the state can fully fund education.
The Governor ‘s caution about giving a definitive timeline for the sales tax is understandable after her experience with a 13 month temporary sales tax increase in 2009. During the debate over the hike, Gov. Purdue stated the tax sunset would be kept “because I’m Governor.” A statement that would later come back to haunt her in 2010 when she called for most of the tax to remain in place.
All of this highlights a truth taxpayers have learned through bitter experience: these so-called “temporary” tax increases rarely actually turn out to be temporary.