Progress North Carolina Statement on So-Called State Budget Surplus in North Carolina

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RALEIGH -- Progress North Carolina released the following statement in regards to Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement of a supposed state budget surplus:

"For working families, this so-called state surplus is the result of a GOP tax shift that's built on the backs of thousands of seniors, who are paying more in state income taxes thanks to the GOP's repeal of the medical expense deduction.  It's built on the backs of thousands of low-wage workers who are paying more in taxes because of the GOP's repeal of the Earned Income Tax Credit. And it's built on the backs of thousands of small business owners after the GOP repealed a key small business tax break.

“Revenue may be up, but working families are paying more in state taxes while their wages remain stagnant. Median income in North Carolina has fallen from 38th in the nation when the GOP took control of the legislature to now 47th, below even South Carolina. If this GOP tax shift is working for anyone, it’s big corporations and people at the top.

- Gerrick Brenner, Exec. Director, Progress North Carolina

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  1. Ronda Evans's avatar
    Ronda Evans
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    US SENATE AND HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASS 2016 Budget that will increase Poverty and Hunger and destroy America, if they already haven’t. They must be stopped. Republicans are cutting $5.7 trillion over 10 years in social programs, which would lose over 2.3 million jobs, and takes away affordable health care insurance for 27 million people. Poverty rates already at all-time high 49.7 million, with 80% of the total population near poverty will only increase, cutting social programs will put millions of Americans at risk, and even kill many. Irreparable harm to all. <br /> <br /> TIME FOR A POLITICAL REVOLUTION AGAINST THE BILLIONAIRE CLASS AND REPUBLICANS THAT ARE PAID BY THEM. We are revolting against the Republicans for refusing to tax the 4000 multimillionaires, 572 billionaires that pay no Federal Taxes. We are revolting against the Republicans for refusing to close the $3 trillion a year corporate tax breaks that do not make jobs or make the economy better. We are revolting against the Republicans because they are refusing to do what 90% of Americans want to tax the rich and close the loopholes. WE HAVE A POVERTY CRISIS! Make The Federal Reserve rain money on the people like they did the banks, $40,000 per every man, women, and child. Get President Obama to make a coin valued in a monthly amount for every adult over 18 to cover living expenses. It would only take $175.3 billion out of the trillions given away to the rich to bring 45 million people in the United States up to the poverty line. Time to REVOLT! <br /> Bernie Sanders Calls For 'Political Revolution' Against Billionaire Class. http://www.alternet.org/bernie-sanders-calls-political-revolution-against-billionaire-class?akid=13069.277680.UkGIlu&amp;rd=1&amp;src=newsletter1035802&amp;t=19<br /> How much money would it take to eliminate US poverty. http://www.demos.org/blog/9/23/13/how-much-money-would-it-take-eliminate-us-poverty<br /> The Numbers Are Staggering: U.S. Is 'World Leader' in Child Poverty http://www.alternet.org/economy/numbers-are-staggering-us-world-leader-child-poverty?<br /> <br /> Republicans killing Americans. http://thehill.com/policy/finance/241120-republicans-pass-a-budget-flexing-power-of-majority
  2. Bert Convy's avatar
    Bert Convy
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    Sheesh, McCrory is such a lying sack of crap. One day...
  3. A HARRIS's avatar
    A HARRIS
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    We are to blame. We put them in office and we keep them in office. It's time to take a stand, it's time to take back our economy. We need to clean "house", we need new blood. No more getting voted in and spending the rest of your life in office. The president has a limit, so should they. They get too comfortable and start serving their own needs and wants. No more! It is a "Government of the people, by the people, for the people." What they have done to this economy, to our government with their petty arguments and bickering, they should be ashamed. "A house divided against itself can not stand". It's time America, let them hear you. Speak up and speak out.
  4. A HARRIS's avatar
    A HARRIS
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    We are to blame. We put them in office and we keep them in office. It's time to take a stand, it's time to take back our economy. We need to clean "house", we need new blood. No more getting voted in and spending the rest of your life in office. The president has a limit, so should they. They get too comfortable and start serving their own needs and wants. No more! It is a "Government of the people, by the people, for the people." What they have done to this economy, to our government with their petty arguments and bickering, they should be ashamed. "A house divided against itself can not stand". It's time America, let them hear you. Speak up and speak out.
  5. Tom K's avatar
    Tom K
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    Only 70% of Americans are registered to vote, and in the last off year election only 15% of those voted. Lets get more people registered and to the polls before we start talking about term limits. What if you get rid of people that are doing good?
  6. John Webb's avatar
    John Webb
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    Simple: make voting mandatory. Other democratic governments have done it.
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