Regarding the Jan. 15 article “ U.S. retail sales fell in December”: This just shows how far removed economists are from the reality of middle class North Carolina residents!
We had to have major repair on our two vehicles last month, and thanks to our Republican legislators lowering the tax burden for the wealthy in our state by taxing previously untaxed services, the sales tax was $59.95 and $81.12 respectively. The tax on our Duke Energy bill was $18.38 and the tax on our N&O subscription was $1.26.
We won’t be spending our “windfall” from falling gas prices on retail as it will be spent trying to plug up the budget hole that was created here in North Carolina.
Rebecca Evans, Clayton