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Dome: White House outlines pain of fiscal cliff for NC families

Staff writersDecember 6, 2012 

Going over the fiscal cliff could mean a $2,200 hike in income taxes for the average North Carolina family, according to a new White House report on potential impacts for families.

President Barack Obama continues his campaign this week pushing for higher income tax rates on top earners in order to avoid the fiscal cliff. The White House warns that failing to reach an agreement would result in higher taxes for all Americans.

The White House released a report late Wednesday outlining some of the potential impacts to North Carolina families. Families could also receive a smaller child tax credit, and about 300,000 middle-class families could lose access to the American Opportunity Tax Credit to help pay for college.

Republicans have countered with a proposal calling for $800 billion in new revenue by closing loopholes and deductions, but not increasing tax rates on any Americans.

McCrory’s first event: veterans

Pat McCrory will attend a fundraiser for veterans on the afternoon after his Jan. 5 inauguration. The event is billed as his first official appearance after being sworn in.

The Salute to North Carolina Veterans dinner and VIP reception are sponsored by the Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina-Cares, and will be at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. General admission is $100, and admission to the VIP reception costs $175 per person.

Helms’ place in history

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr is voicing his support for naming the historic Century Post Office in downtown Raleigh after the late U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Republican who represents the 2nd District, which includes part of Wake County, recently introduced legislation to name it the Jesse Helms Federal Building and United States Courthouse. The proposal has encountered opposition from some who called it “morally wrong to reward intolerance,” a reference to the senator’s record.

“Jesse Helms was a transformative figure in our state’s history who placed service to his constituents above all other priorities in his public life,” Burr said in a statement issued by his office Thursday. “Whether they agreed with him on political issues or not, North Carolinians had a dedicated advocate in Washington in Jesse Helms, and this bill will help to commemorate his legacy and his service to our state.”

What about the bathrooms?

U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-Banner Elk, “chewed out” a House staffer for riding on an elevator typically reserved for lawmakers, according to The Hill, the daily publication that writes for and about the U.S. Congress.

Foxx’s office, however, is disputing the story.

The fracas apparently happened Tuesday when the elevators at the Longworth House Office Building were clogged. A staffer and the publication’s tipster stepped into the members-only elevator; Foxx and an aide stepped in on the next floor.

From The Hill: “The lawmaker, who was recently elected to a House GOP leadership post, asked for whom the pair worked. Then she turned to the female staffer, who had no clue she was on board what was soon to be the elevator ride of doom.

“Foxx said to the staffer, “This is a ‘members-only’ elevator; can you read?’ She then demanded the staffer’s name before the elevator stopped after going just one more floor up. ‘Get out of here,’ Foxx supposedly commanded.

“Before our insider and the berated staffer exited, the politician exclaimed, ‘What does this sign say? It says, Members of Congress only.’

“But that wasn’t it. The innocent staffer attempted to point out that the sign next to it stated, ‘during votes,’ which is when, our tipster says, Foxx started yelling, ‘Members only!’ as she pointed to signs. ‘I’m just making sure we are hiring people who know how to read,’ the lawmaker said.”

A spokeswoman for Foxx told The Hill the story was exaggerated.

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