Reflecting North Carolinians sense of fairness, across the board tax cuts are much more popular than targeted incentives for businesses in a May Civitas poll. By a wide margin, those polled favored across the board cuts by 58 percent to 19 percent for targeted incentives for select businesses.
“Governor Cooper’s solution to driving the North Carolina economy appears to be out of touch with voters,” said Donald Bryson, president of the Civitas Institute. “Voters generally understand that fairness is essential in a tax system, and an administration that can’t stop signing sweetheart incentive deals while fighting uniform tax cuts doesn’t reflect fairness in its policies.”
Targeted tax cuts are often criticized for their unfairness to other businesses that are often forced to compete in an unfair market. Additionally, tax incentives and other public subsidies of select businesses lend itself to crony minded policies and in some cases public corruption.
Crosstabs for the poll can be found here.