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This week's Marriage News Watch

This week's Marriage News Watch mentions North Carolina so I thought I'd share.

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi!

One can hope that even Teapublican lunatics will see through the latest GOP ploy, but then again, one should never underestimate the self-serving ignorance of America's right wing.

The collapse of the NC tax base

Told ya.

On late Friday, a consensus revenue forecast by the Fiscal Research Division and the Office of State Budget and Management was released which identifies a current year revenue shortfall of $445 million. Next year, revenue is anticipated to be $191 million below projections. These revisions mean policymakers will have to make immediate adjustments to the current fiscal year budget when they return next week as well as plan for fewer dollars than expected in the next year fiscal year as well.

While policymakers address the immediate challenge, they also should assess the damage of the tax plan passed last year which is now, and will continue to be, a primary driver of revenue shortfalls.

It is increasingly clear that the tax plan is more costly than originally estimated. An earlier memo released in early April found that personal income tax withholdings in the first period were down $221 million below projections. In combination with Friday’s memo about the revenue shortfall, it is personal income tax withholding that is contributing a great deal to the failure of personal income tax collections to come in as expected and is likely to continue to be an issue in future years.

- See more at: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/05/05/the-tax-plan-costs-more/#sthas...