Yesterday's Friday Follies at NC Policy Watch put the smackdown on one of the oft-repeated lies of tax reformers here in North Carolina. Take a look, and put these talking points in y our pocket for the next time a free-marketeer starts blabbering about the economic costs of taxes.
The rabid right wing folks over at Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist’s group, will have some explaining to do the next they complain about tax rates in North Carolina.
ATR recently released a report on state tax policy across the nation and among the conclusions drawn from the report by a national conservative group was that “states with high tax burdens continually lose residents and their income to lower tax states.”
Norquist and his misguided disciples in North Carolina constantly claim that North Carolina is a high tax state and that tax rates are hurting economic development. Neither is true and now we have proof of that from their own report. The U. S. Census says that from 1990-2000, North Carolina grew faster than every other Southeastern state, except Georgia. From 1995-2000, it was the fifth fastest growing state in the nation and forecasters predict that growth will continue at even higher levels.
North Carolina ranks third in the country in projections of the number of people who will move here from other states from 1995-2025.
So, let’s see. Grover “drown government in a bathtub” Norquist says that people are fleeing high tax states and yet people are flocking to North Carolina in record numbers.
Don't expect anything so quaint as a bunch of pesky facts to blunt the rhetoric of those who want to crush public services. They have their minds made up.
Government = bad.
Greed = good.
It's enough to make a sweet Lord cry.
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