The strength of the economy is a factor in the presidential race this year as well as the governor’s race here in North Carolina.
At their recent debate in the tight race for the governor’s seat, Democratic challenger Roy Cooper attacked Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s record on helping the middle class.
“In 67 different ways, Governor McCrory has raised taxes on middle income families,” Cooper said.
PolitiFact took a look at the various ways McCrory and the Republican majority in the General Assembly have created new taxes, raised existing taxes or eliminated tax credits, deductions and other savings.
The 67 number that Cooper cited is accurate – but he also ignored some key details that might have given debate viewers a different impression.
Read the whole article to find out why PolitiFact North Carolina gave Cooper’s claim a Half True rating.
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PolitiFact North Carolina
Speaker: Roy Cooper
Statement: “In 67 different ways, Governor McCrory has raised taxes on middle income families.”
Ruling: Cooper is right, but he ignores that fact that McCrory also signed substantial income tax cuts into law. Although those cuts mostly helped the wealthy, the middle class also benefited. We rate this claim Half True.