Why can't we be like Kansas?

The Great North Carolina GOP "Tax Cut" of 2013 was an amazing thing to behold. Slashing income taxes on millionaires while raising sales taxes on everyone else, the move was heralded as unprecedented. Except that it wasn't unprecedented. It was a move drawn from the ALEC playbook being used by Republicans in Kansas.

How is that working out? Not so well.

Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, one of the Democrats on the joint budget committee, said the Legislature created the crisis when it passed what she considered to be radical tax cuts. Kelly showed an analysis by the nonpartisan Kansas Legislative Research Department that projects the state would have to cut $143 million from its budget in 2016 to come to a zero balance. And additional cuts would be needed each year thereafter through 2019.

“You add all of those together and you come up with $1.48 billion in cuts to come to zero. Just to come to zero, because we have to have a balanced budget,” Kelly said.

Naturally, Republicans in Kansas place the blame on President Obama and, you know, Obamacare, ignoring the fact that plenty of other states are doing just fine. Unfortunately, those plenty of other states don't include North Carolina. We're going nowhere fast, suffering from the same ALEC infliction that is destroying Kansas. When a state is unable to fund basic services like education and infrastructure maintenance, something is terribly wrong.


Missouri looks at the Kansas model

and sanity prevails.

But don't expect anything of the sort in Raleigh. R's are doubling down on short-sighted stupidity, ensuring that the bottom will continue to fall out of our economy, our schools, and our environment.

Kansas model comes to North Carolina via the NC Chamber

Lew Ebert was hired as the new head of the NC Chamber several years ago.

He previously oversaw the destruction of Kansas and fracking-central Pennsylvania in his career.

You wanna see what past is prologue? Brush up on Ebert's career in KS and PA.

And get every local chamber to take a stand denouncing the NC Chamber's destructive priorities and disassociate from them.


Right you are

Republicans in Raleigh look out across the land and scramble to import every half-assed, failed idea from other states.

  • There is no climate change. God is making the oceans rise.
  • Nor is there a war on women. Women should just STFU and do what their husbands want.
  • Voting is a privilege that should be reserved for white men who play golf.
  • Trees? Fuck 'em. No one needs trees except to cut down.
  • Clean water? Someone's gonna make a fortune selling water, might as well be them.
  • Fracking? Oooooh.
  • The Internets? Sell 'em to the highest bidder.


The effects

of the NC GOP tax "reform" are beginning to be felt and will be amplified as time goes on.

The first obvious ramification is no money to give teachers and other state employees badly needed pay raises.

People will begin to notice that tickets to shows, museums, performances and such will cost more because they're now subject to the sales tax.

And when people file their income taxes next year (conveniently after this year's election), they'll realize that not only are they paying more sales tax, they're paying more income tax, too -- the GOP keeps shouting about how people have more take-home pay, but they're not telling people about all the deductions they repealed, so that the few extra dollars in the paycheck (and then some) will be paid back to the government come tax filing time. Especially for those who use the earned income tax credit (which I am told includes 64,000 military families). The bottom 80% pay more income tax after it's all said and done.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

We're not in Kansas any more, Toto

We're in North Carolina. And we're out of money. Because they gave it all to Art Pope.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014