You know the old saying about how if you repeat something enough times, no matter what the veracity, that people will start believing them?
Well, it seems to have happened with the Associated Press and their esteemed reporter Gary Robertson.
Note this quote from Rep. Paul Luebke (D-Durham) on Monday, May 7, 2007 regarding the NC House’s budget continuing the $300 million in temporary taxes:
Without the extra money, "there’s no way to meet the educational and
health care needs of the state," said Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham,
co-chairman of the House Finance Committee.
Now read this quote from the same reporter from yesterday when describing the differences between the House and Senate budgets:
The House’s two-year budget approved earlier this month keeps a
quarter-penny on the sales tax and a higher income tax bracket for the
state’s top wage-earners for another two years. Those moves add about
$300 million to the government coffers next year to pay for education
and health care needs.
Out of a $20.3 billion budget, the argument can be made that the $300 million in additional taxes could be used to pay for anything in the budget, so why does Robertson echo the words of Rep. Luebke and claim that the increased taxes are used for education and health care?