To the Editor,
On the campaign trail, Pat McCrory and his allies in the legislature have repeatedly praised the tax structures in Tennessee and Florida as models for North Carolina’s future. These states pay 2 and zero percent in individual income tax, respectively, making up for the lost revenue with major increases in consumption taxes.
Implementing a plan like that at a time like this would be a devastating blow to North Carolina’s already struggling lower- and middle-income families. High sales and food taxes disproportionately affect those who are already at a disadvantage. While a higher food tax may not mean much for Pat McCrory or many North Carolinians, it means having to make a choice. A choice between putting a balanced dinner on the table, or eating something from a drive-thru because it’s cheaper. A choice between spending money on gasoline for your car, or on food for your family.
It’s disturbing and disheartening to think that this state’s potential governor would even consider putting a burden like that on North Carolina’s people.