WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Bev Perdue says she is eying an increase in the state sales tax to help pay for education.
“I am suggesting today, and I am going to fight for today, for our children’s future by doing a fraction of a penny for progress for schools and for children to invest in public schools, universities and colleges,” Perdue said Tuesday.
This is not the first time this tax has been a political football. The state sales tax was increased to the 7.5 percent from 2009 until the Republican-led legislature let the additional tax expire this past July.
People we talked to are not in favor of the state sales tax increase.
Julia Knorr of Wilmington is not impressed with the tax plan.
“That is very disconcerting to me, because I just don’t feel like in my situation that I can afford that to happen to me,” Knorr said. “The lottery is supposed to help education, and I don’t know if that’s even happening at all.”
Brunswick County Commission Chair Bill Sue does not think the money will get to the schools.
“Gov. Perdue, when she was Lt. Governor, made the deciding vote to initiate the school lottery in North Carolina, yet in her budget proposal to the House this past year, she recommended reducing money going to the schools, so the people of Brunswick County will have to be their own judge,” Perdue said.
The governor says she will fight for her tax increase, and she will have to. Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger says the tax plan is dead on arrival in the General Assembly.