WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s proposed budget includes a big boost for education, but it relies heavily on more money out of your wallet. The $20.9 billion spending plan depends on a sales tax increase.
Education eats up more than 56 percent of Perdue’s budget proposal. The governor wants to restore public school spending cuts and give teachers and principals a pay increase. A three-quarter cent sales tax increase would help pay for that.
“You cannot tax people into prosperity,” Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-9th District) said. “I don’t care what the liberals say. It is impossible.”
That tax increase would generate about $760 million, but Sen. Goolsby and other Republican lawmakers say reinstating a sales tax increase is not going to happen.
“That bird ain’t gonna fly,” Rep. Danny McComas (R-19th District) said. “I don’t see the votes in Raleigh in either in the state House or Senate. It’s a time where people are doing without their jobs, incomes are down and they’re trying to make ends meet.”
On the other side of the aisle, Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) knows this budget with a tax increase will be a hard sale for the governor.
“What I would hope (is) that the governor and legislators would come together, and let’s see if we can work out something we can all agree on. There’s nothing wrong with compromise,” Rep. Hill said.
As for the taxpayers, some don’t mind paying more, if the money is spent on education.
“Taxes are good if the money is used the right way,” Timothy Mewborn of Wilmington said. “We need to stop the waste, need to stop frivolous, unnecessary spending.”
The governor’s budget also focuses on investing in jobs and military families.
The legislature plans to unveil its own budget next week.