Regarding the Sept. 15 Point of View article “Protecting a few rather than serving many” by Alexandra Sirota: It’s ironic that many Republicans try to present themselves as the party of less government and low taxes when, in fact, they are the opposite.
Replacing lost funding from lower income taxes by increasing funding through a greater reliance on sales taxes and higher fees does not lower taxes. It simply shifts the burden from higher income taxpayers to those who are middle and lower income.
Senate leader Phil Berger explained his rationale: State revenue has been “overly dependent on income taxes.” That’s baloney. Shifting income taxes to more sales taxes and higher fees only serves to significantly reduce taxes on the wealthy while adding to the tax load for those who can least afford to pay more.
This trend of using the budget to take from the poor and middle class and reward the rich is so obnoxious that even Gov. Pat McCrory appears to be concerned by what he calls “this redistribution scheme.”
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The trend will only end when a majority of North Carolina voters decide to put a stop to it.