TAKE ACTION! Tell the General Assembly to reject a dangerous constitutional amendment
This week the North Carolina Senate Finance and Rules Committees approved a constitutional amendment proposal that would seriously limit our state's ability to build thriving communities. This bill is moving quickly to a vote on the floor.
This proposal to change our Constitution should not be passed. TAKE ACTION NOW! Senate Bill 75 will be voted on the floor on March 14.
SB75 would change the state constitution to permanently freeze income tax rates in North Carolina. In order to keep funding vital public services, lawmakers will likely raise the sales tax or fees, which will eat into middle class families’ paychecks and financially strand those who are struggling to get by.
This constitutional amendment is essentially a giveaway to millionaires that will just keep in place the heavy tax load carried by middle- and working-class families. The income tax cuts the policymakers have passed since 2013 gave the wealthy the biggest breaks, at the expense of the rest of the state. Now that they are fully phased in as of January 1, those income tax cuts will reduce annual revenue by $2 billion.
This flawed legislative proposal to change the state Constitution cannot pass.
Under this constitutional amendment scheme, lawmakers would continue to underfund schools, roads, public health and parks. They would also likely have to:
· Push greater responsibility to local governments for funding public schools and teachers, or raising property taxes
· Raise the sales tax to offset the lost revenue
· Eliminate income tax deductions that working-class , middle-class and fixed income North Carolina families currently receive
We elect our legislators to make North Carolina a stronger state – not to lock in tax giveaways to millionaires. Tell your lawmaker not to amend our state constitution to benefit the powerful at the expense of the rest of us.