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FactCheck.org says AFP inflating claims in latest budget issue spot

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RALEIGH, NC (FACTCHECK.ORG) -- Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group based in Raleigh, omits some important details in a TV ad attacking North Carolina’s lame-duck Democratic governor and praising the Republican-controlled state General Assembly during a partisan budget battle.

The ad says the legislature added state funding for “2,000 more teachers” and that its budget “adds teachers.” But the legislature’s increased funding didn’t make up for the loss of federal money and discretionary state funds that local districts use to hire teachers. The state had a net loss of about 900 teachers overall.

The ad says the governor called for a $1-billion tax increase, but that depends on how you look at it. She called for extending a temporary 1 percent sales tax increase that had been in effect for two years — but at a reduced level of 0.75 percent.

A website created by the group to support the ad campaign uses inflated figures to claim the legislature returned $2 billion to state taxpayers by rejecting the governor’s proposed budget. The group arrives at that figure by making faulty assumptions. The actual number is closer to $1.3 billion.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AT THE FACTCHECK.ORG WEBSITE: http://factcheck.org/2012/03/inflated-claims-in-north-carolina-budget-ba...

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extend a TEMPORARY tax.....then it wasn't really TEMPORARY was it...just a LIE by the then Democratically controlled legislature to grab more money to spend!

Um..

NO..the ad was ABSOLUTELY TRUE...we should have NEVER TAKEN the TEMPORARY money to hire teachers we didn't have to begin with...KNOWING we would have to come up with the money to keep them....silly Liberal slight of hand...

Thank you for finally admitting....

...that any loss of teachers was due to temporary federal money expiring, and not due to anything the legislature did.

I probably shouldn't use the word "temporary," around Democrats. As we saw with that one-percent sales tax, the word obviously confuses them.

Temporary

Do you mean like Bush's "temporary" tax cuts. If it's something you're for then it's alright if they get confused.

Would that be the Bush tax cuts...

....that gave the largest decrease in tax brackets to the lowest income Americans, dropping them from 15% to 10%?

Those Bush tax cuts?

BTW, don't forget that the only reason they were temporary was that a sunset clause was demanded to get bipartisan support.

Democrats - never saw a tax cut they didn't hate or a tax increase they didn't love.

Spin

You cannot spin the republicans lying in campaign ads to the Democrats. Lying is lying.

...except that I didn't spin anything!

Any loss in teacher positions were due to temporary federal money vanishing, money that should never have been used to pay new headcount anyway because they KNEW it wasn't going to be there for long.

Ask WPD about that! The state approved teacher positions and Wilmington hired police officers based on federal money that we knew was a one-time shot.