North Carolina Republicans will aim to ax income tax

At the moment, seven states across the country don’t levy a tax on income, and North Carolina Republicans want to make it eight, according to a powerful member of the state legislature.

State Sen. Bob Rucho, a Mecklenburg County Republican and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Wednesday that he hoped to use the 2015 legislative session to eliminate the state income tax, replacing it with a consumption-based sales tax to make up for the lost revenue.

“That’s a direction we’d like to go,” Rucho said in an interview as the state Senate adjourned for the year. Rucho said it was impractical to push for such a steep cut during a short session the legislature holds in even-numbered years, but that cutting the income tax was a top priority of his when the legislature reconvenes for its biennial full session.

North Carolina’s income tax accounts for about 61 percent of state revenue, Rucho said. But the revenue stream has been choppy in recent years, given the impact of the recession. The uneven results on a year-over-year basis can play havoc with annual budget planning in a state that requires a balanced budget, and it’s something Rucho said he wanted to avoid.

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3 Responses to North Carolina Republicans will aim to ax income tax

  1. Hans says:

    Let’s puzzle through the motivation here …

    “North Carolina’s income tax accounts for about 61 percent of state revenue, Rucho said. But the revenue stream has been choppy in recent years, given the impact of the recession. The uneven results on a year-over-year basis can play havoc with annual budget planning in a state that requires a balanced budget, and it’s something Rucho said he wanted to avoid.”

    So, the argument is not “taxation is theft”, nor is the tax change an attempt to end immoral siezure of the products of human labor (unalienable right to acquire and enjoy personal property).

    This initiative is merely to ensure an uninterrupted flow of cash to the statists running the government of North Carolina.

    Do not support this proposal without concurrent action to ensure MASSIVE BUDGET CUTS.

    • David says:

      Massive Budget Cuts? In government? By either party?

      I agree with your premise completely. I wish I could get a picture of Skippy and Tillis busting out laughing at the idea of limited government.

  2. Jim says:

    North Carolina is looking better and better all the time.

    If you could get the legislature to be a little more friendly to Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. You could find yourself with three new, hard working citizens of your fine state.

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