Sometimes doing what's right costs money:
Restoring lost funding to education and health care programs is at the center of a budget plan released today in Raleigh by Together NC, a coalition of 120 organizations from around the state. The proposal includes raising the state sales tax by a full penny and creating an additional upper-income tax bracket for North Carolina households making more than $1 million a year.
I have absolutely zero confidence that Berger & Tillis will pay any attention to these ideas, since progress is apparently a dirty word amongst their followers. But the planning must be done anyway.
North Carolina’s economy was built over decades by bi-partisan investments in public structures – health care, education, infrastructure, economic development and natural resources. Now we need bi-partisan support to restore and build upon those investments so we can meet the demand of our growing population for education and other public structures that pave the way for prosperity. To build shared prosperity over the long-term, we must update and restructure our tax system. Any efforts to reform our tax system must be done in a way that supports economic opportunity, grows with the economy and weathers economic downturns.
Follow the link, read the plan. The value of such should be self-evident, unless you're trapped in Free Market Fantasyland.