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Governor Easley should keep promise to taxpayers

Posted Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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Raleigh, NC - In response to Governor Easley’s comments regarding his desire to keep the quarter-cent sales tax increase that is slated to expire next year, Senate Republican Leader Phil Berger (R-District 26) released the following statement:

“One of the lessons from the recent election was that voters do not like it when politicians say one thing and then do another. Governor Easley and legislative Democrats have repeatedly broken promises about the end date for "temporary" tax hikes passed in 2001. Now we are being told that the Governor wants to again deny North Carolina's families promised tax relief.

“The Democrats' failure and refusal to keep their word is apparently driven by an ongoing desire to continue to grow state government at rates that far exceed the rate of inflation. It is time to reform our state budget process and exercise fiscal discipline; the first step will be to keep the promise to end these "temporary" taxes. The Governor and legislative Democrats should control spending instead of continuing their non-stop raid on taxpayers’ wallets.”

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