RALEIGH, NC – Today, Americans for Prosperity – North Carolina congratulated Senator Phil Berger and the State Senate leadership for offering a fiscally conservative budget. While both the State House and State Senate versions of the budget keep the promise not to raise taxes, AFP favors the Senate version for several basic reasons:
- The Senate budget would spend $20.1 billion, which is 1.7 percent less than the House budget and 4.4 percent less than the Governor’s proposal.
- The Senate budget is more responsible by greatly reducing the amount of one-time dollars used for recurring purposes. AFP-NC is concerned that using one-time money for ongoing recurring expenses is a “more of the same” approach that could put the next administration in a bind early next year.
- The Senate budget funds the state’s retirement obligations and puts money into the rainy day fund.
- The State Senate budget introduces a flexible approach to funding teacher raises: local school boards will now decide whether to offer raises or to retain and add education positions.
“We applaud the leadership in both the State House and State Senate for their commitment to reducing taxes through capping the gas tax at a lower rate than it stands today, and in general rejecting the calls from Governor Perdue and Lt. Governor Dalton for higher taxes,” said AFP-NC State Director Dallas Woodhouse. “We encourage the North Carolina State House to give serious consideration to the budget proposal from the North Carolina Senate.”
To interview Dallas Woodhouse or learn more about AFP-NC’s position on the budget debate, please contact DWoodhouse@afphq.org or call 919-671-1050.