North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has no control over congressional efforts to change the federal tax code.
But Cooper, a Democrat, says plans in the House and Senate are “eerily” similar to changes that North Carolina Republicans made to the Tar Heel State’s tax code in 2013, when the GOP had control of the governor’s office.
So he issued a warning about the congressional tax proposals. In a Nov. 30 op-ed he posted on Medium, Cooper said the federal proposal – like the changes in his home state – would benefit the rich at the expense of the middle class.
“In total, it is estimated that half of the tax breaks in this proposal would go to the wealthiest 1 percent,” Cooper wrote.
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That’s not the case in the short term. In 2019, the country’s wealthiest 1 percent would get 17.6 percent of the tax breaks in 2019, the Urban Institute-Brookings Institution Tax Policy Center found in its analysis of the Senate tax plan. And over the next two to five years, the Tax Foundation reported, the Senate bill would distribute tax cuts at most income levels.
So why did PolitiFact rate Cooper’s claim Half True? Read the full explanation at PolitiFact.com.