Bev Perdue continues to contradict herself. As I notedbefore, Governor Perdue is already at odds with candidate Perdue. Now it seems that Governor Perdue is at odds with Governor Perdue. In opposition to the tax plan tentatively agreed upon by the state, Perdue was quoted in today’s N&O as saying:
“Who in the world thinks, in these trying times for families, you can raise income tax for working families and middle class families?”
Fair enough, but who does she think will pay the increased sales tax, cigarette tax, beer tax, wine tax, digital download tax, and online purchase tax?
Making matters worse, Perdue also believes that during “these trying times for families” that the state should actually raise taxes $200 million morethan the House and Senate proposal. This coming after candidate Perdue proclaimed: “I don’t believe you can raise taxes in an economy with folks struggling the way they are.”
On a related note, have you noticed that during all the media coverage of the budget and tax negotiations, any time cuts to state government spending are mentioned, they are described as “painful,” but the cuts to household budgets due to tax hikes are never described as such?