Taxes

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    State carbon tax proposal exposes progressives’ cognitive dissonance

    A bill sponsored by Sen. Wiley Nickel (D-Wake) would levy a tax on “any carbon-based fuel product sold, used, or entered into the State.” Fortunately, the bill isn’t expected to go anywhere this session. The “carbon tax” bill is designed to punish the use of greenhouse…
    Brian Balfour, April 9, 2021
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    N.C. Senate tax cut plan gives biggest break to lower-income families

    North Carolinians have been reeling from pandemic job losses and the related shutdowns. While many folks have had access to unemployment benefits and federal relief checks, it’s important to focus on the long-term outlook for financial stability and self-reliance. That’s exactly what a plan from state senators would do with…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021
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    Do the wealthy really not pay their ‘fair share’ of federal taxes?

    The Tax Foundation is a great resource for factual data on who pays federal taxes — and who doesn’t. Be armed with the facts when you hear progressive Democrats such as our president call for tax hikes on higher earners because they don’t ‘pay their fair share.’ Let’s have…
    Donna Martinez, April 9, 2021
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    Tax plan suggests Biden might be misreading Congress

    Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner challenges President Biden’s assertion that he knows what Congress will accept in moving forward with bipartisan deals on major issues. President Joe Biden is struggling to come to terms with the Congress he has. All indications suggest he is firing off legislation…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2021
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    Biden’s tax plan would touch the middle class

    Daniel Pilla explains at National Review Online how President Biden’s tax proposals would affect more than just “the rich,” regardless of his administration’s rhetoric. President Biden’s promise to raise taxes only on the richest Americans cannot possibly be upheld if he is successful with the centerpiece of his…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Andrew Dunn reports for Carolina Journal Online that the General Assembly is considering adding right-to-work protections to the N.C. Constitution. One CJ Opinion piece explains how the N.C. Senate’s proposed income tax cut would benefit everyone, especially those at the lower end of the income scale. Ray Nothstine’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 8, 2021
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    National Review editors urge Congress to keep SALT cap

    Editors at National Review Online explain why Democrats in Congress should drop one of their bad ideas. Liberal Democrats have found a tax cut for the rich they love. Some of them wanted it included in the “COVID relief” legislation passed last month. Now they want it in…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2021
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    New Yorkers to pay as Cuomo tries to buy his way out of scandal

    Kyle Smith writes at National Review Online about the price tag associated with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s campaign to save his own skin. New York’s budget (which was due last week but is tardy as usual) is on the verge of passing with a provision that would…
    Mitch Kokai, April 7, 2021