Morning Post

Oh dear, the session's started.
Chris says its a decent start on the budget.
The N&O says sin taxes won't fly.
Catch all the action here. Play by play.
A liquor tax hike to help fund mental health has been tried before. The beer wholesalers gave every legislator a mug with a red line about a third of the way down, representing how much of your beverage cost was for taxes. The sad thing about the debate was that it was more about taxes and equity and less about mental health.
Besides, they will argue this time, a recession is no time to raise the cost of folks' drinking habits.
Things may be different this go round, however, since there is a different speaker. Let's hope Mr. Hackney and Mr. Basnight, who have supported the sin tax idea in the past, have long ago reached some agreement to deal with the mental health crisis straight on in the short session. And let's hope it doesn't get bogged down in a debate over ox-goring.

Next up: Huge discussion Wednesday on the death penalty.

Comments

If something's good for the public at large...

then the public at large ought to be willing to pay for it....rather than foisting the cost onto some smaller segment of the population.

Comments by Mr. Hackney quoted in our paper today indicate that because this is "an election year" there probably won't be any new taxes. So, I suppose worrying about their electability will take priority over both legitimate needs and equitable taxation. Feckless!!

Stan Bozarth

FECKLESS? Joe HACKNEY is FECKLESS?

Stan, you apparently can't distinguish "feckless" from its polar opposite.

Joe Hackney, who is probably one of the finest, smartest and most honest men we've ever had the fortune to have in elected office in North Carolina, gave a straight answer instead of a dodge.

He's absolutely right. If you don't want to hear a truthful answer, don't ask Joe a question.

You are correct Jerimee

You get a 5 for perspicacity.

(but you're still in need of points, fella')

Maybe a recession is exactly the time to raise

the cost of getting drunk...uh...er...having a drinking habit or two.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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