Pat McCrory

The Politics of the Teachers' March

As a long-time supporter of public education who has followed the far right's efforts to privatize education in North Carolina, I was a low-level participant in the Teachers March on Raleigh. I drove a support car, carrying water, fruit, protein bars and band aids, and accompanied one line of the teachers as they marched to Raleigh on Tuesday and Wednesday. I watched them struggle through the heat and humidity, slogging up hills, wiping away sweat. All they talked about for all that time was taking care of their kids.

Ignorance is the "new" North Carolina

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Parrish Clodfelter, a 79-year-old retiree who lives on a central North Carolina farm, professes opinions about transgender people that might get him fired if he worked for a multinational corporation, though for many here, they constitute simple country wisdom.

“A man wants to change to a woman, he’s got a mental problem,” Mr. Clodfelter said on Wednesday over lunch at Spiro’s Family Restaurant, where posters by the door advertised classes on carrying concealed weapons and a “Hillbilly Sunday” Pentecostal church service.

An important list from Progress NC

New tax hikes approved by Gov. McCrory over the past few years include:

  • Doubling the electricity tax
  • Eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Eliminating the medical expenses deduction
  • Sales tax hike on mobile homes
  • Sales tax hike on entertainment
  • Sales tax hike on auto repair contracts
  • Eliminating the small business deduction
  • Eliminating the back-to-school sales tax holiday
  • Increasing the gas tax by $1.2 Billion
  • Eliminating the student tuition deduction
  • Eliminating the mortgage forgiveness deduction
  • New tax on college meal plans
  • Eliminating child care tax credits
  • Eliminating the deduction for college savings plans
  • Reducing tax credits for farm machinery

Other sales tax hikes approved by Gov. McCrory include:

  • Household appliances
  • Doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, roofing, fences, etc.
  • Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, modular homes
  • Office Equipment
  • Clothing and shoe repair
  • Watch and jewelry repair
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Video programming
  • Tire repairs and oil changes
  • Reloading bullets and shells

New or increased “fees” approved by Gov. McCrory include:

  • Doubled annual inspection fee for ice cream shop owners
  • Increasing the fee for the newborn screening program
  • Increased criminal court costs
  • Allowed for more toll road projects
  • Increased drivers license restoration fee
  • Raised learner’s permit fee
  • Raised fee for obtaining a duplicate license
  • Increased fee for driver improvement clinics
  • Increased fees for obtaining copies of license records.
  • Increased fee for initial driver’s license application
  • Raised taxes on car and truck rentals
  • Raised fees for private passenger vehicles
  • Increased fee on private passenger motorcycles
  • Increased fee on house trailers
  • Increased fee for plug-in electric vehicles
  • New fees for late vehicle registration
  • Raised fees on “wreckers”
  • Raised fees for semitrailers and trailers
  • Increased fees on motor carriers

McCrory folds ... too little, too late

Facing the onslaught of a corporate backlash against Hate Bill 2, Pat McCrory today attempted to undo the damage. His "executive order" doesn't mean jack in the grand scheme of things.

In response to McCrory's order, ACLU of North Carolina Acting Executive Director Sarah Preston said "Gov. McCrory's actions today are a poor effort to save face after his sweeping attacks on the LGBT community, and they fall far short of correcting the damage done when he signed into law the harmful House Bill 2, which stigmatizes and mandates discrimination against gay and transgender people. With this executive order, LGBT individuals still lack legal protections from discrimination, and transgender people are still explicitly targeted by being forced to use the wrong restroom."


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