Dome: N.C. tax revenue higher than expected

lbonner@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2012 

The state will take in $232.5 million more than expected this year in tax payments, according to a revised revenue forecast by the legislature’s Fiscal Research Division and the Office of State Budget and Management.

For the next budget year, tax revenue is projected to be $21 million more than expected.

In an email to top legislators and staff members, legislative economist Barry Boardman said this year’s surplus results from better-than-expected growth in personal income tax withholding. Other sources of revenue – including sales taxes, corporate income taxes and franchise taxes – are expected to come in at or slightly below original projections, he wrote.

The downgraded economic forecast for the state and the nation resulted in the small change in next year’s projection, Boardman wrote.

Romney adds N.C. staff

The Mitt Romney campaign has named Michael Joffrion state director for North Carolina.

Joffrion, a Birmingham native, has been GOP presidential candidate’s regional political director for the South for the past year. Before that he was political director for the Alabama Republican Party from 2008-2012, during which the state legislature swung to a Republican majority for the first time since Reconstruction.

“He is an experienced and skilled operative who will help Gov. Romney spread his pro jobs and pro growth message and turn North Carolina red in November,” said Ryan Williams, a Romney campaign spokesman.

Joffrion also has previously worked on Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign in Iowa, the Republican National Committee’s Victory Program in Missouri and the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University.

Joffrion is the Romney campaign’s first staff hire in North Carolina, which is regarded as a key battleground state. He will be based in Raleigh.

C-SPAN bus headed to N.C.

Raleigh businessman Art Pope and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx are among those scheduled to be interviewed when the C-SPAN campaign bus spends six days in North Carolina in the run-up to the May 8th Democratic primary.

The C-SPAN bus will arrive Thursday and travel around the state and broadcast across the country through the primary.

Foxx will be a guest at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, and Pope, a major conservative donor, will be interviewed at 9:15 a.m. Monday.

The C-SPAN bus will start Thursday at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College at 8:30 a.m. and then move to Western Carolina University at 12:30 p.m. On Friday, it will stop at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville at 8 a.m., Wake Forest University at 10:30 a.m. and High Point University at 1:30 p.m. On Saturday, it will stop at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro at 9:30 a.m., then move to Elon University at noon.

On Sunday, it will be at UNC Charlotte at noon.

On Monday, look for it at N.C. Central University in Durham at 2:30 p.m. On Tuesday, it will give the first-place StudentCam award ceremony at Cary Town Hall at 8 a.m., and at 11 a.m., it will be at a polling place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Raleigh. (StudentCam is C-SPAN’s national video documentary coverage for middle and high school students.)

N.C. opinions on health law

The health care act pushed through Congress by President Barack Obama remains unpopular in North Carolina, according to a new poll.

A new Elon Poll found that 46 percent of Tar Heel residents – not voters – believe the changes in the health care law are a bad thing; 38 percent think they are a good thing, and 9 percent don’t know how they feel about it.

The constitutionality of the law is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The poll, conducted April 22-25, surveyed 640 North Carolina residents and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.87 percentage points.

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