When is Enough really Enough?
Our sources in the lower chamber on Jones Street tell us that the vote on the gas tax hike / ”revenue stabilization” nonsense that passed the GOP-dominated Senate with flying colors will face much more drama in the House. I’m told there are a surprising number of Democrats who are not interested in backing this “dog.” One Republican legislator told me:
”This could very well go down to the wire. A good chunk of the caucus is not happy with this bill. But the leadership, the lobbyists, and the governor are twisting some arms hard. They want this bad. This bill is not good for the people. It’s not good for the party. It kills our reputation as the low-tax, small-government party. If people don’t get on the phones and burn up the lines here, voicing their displeasure, this is going to pass and the government will be taking even more money out of their pockets.”
Sources tell me the legislation is packed with all kinds of extraneous elements — shades of the Tillis era — that could force some legislators to vote against some good, important things in their fight against the gas tax hike.
The NC Chamber has put out an economic study — authored by an engineer, curiously — promoting the gas tax hike. The document bears the highly- Orwellian title “Diversifying Revenues to Improve Commerce and Economic Prosperity.”
You may recall that the Chamber is behind those horrible TV ads claiming that our kids are going to DIE unless we agree to pay more taxes and take on more debt. The arguments for this boondoggle sound hauntingly like those made in defense of Barry Obama’s stimulus. And we all know how, um *well* that turned out.
John Locke’s Roy Cordato put together an excellent piece tearing the NC Chamber and its “study” a new one:
Read More Here: http://dailyhaymaker.com/?p=10506
We need to pick up the phones Monday morning and call our representatives in Raleigh. Tell the to vote no on any new gas taxes. Remind them that we are elected them to cut the size and cost of North Carolina’s government.
Find your representative at this Link: http://ncleg.net/