make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

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

READ MORE:

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...

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.

»

Reply

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
CAPTCHA
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.