sales tax

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Just how North Carolina’s sales tax revenue will be distributed remains an open question, and a major stumbling block for House and Senate negotiators trying to compromise on a budget. The Senate budget calls for it to be distributed by population across the state. The House budget wants it to stay as is, where 75 percent of the sales tax stays in the county where the purchase was made.

North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Senate leaders are gearing up for another budget battle with their counterparts in the state House and Governor Pat McCrory, even before releasing an actual budget document.


Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Monday should be fun for fans of politics and numbers. North Carolina's Senate is due to release its budget. It will be the second piece of major economic legislation the body has proposed in less than a week. Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry and WFAE's Tom Bullock discuss what we can expect in the budget and how Governor Pat McCrory is reacting to proposed changes in how sales tax is distributed in the state.


Sun. Headlines: What Happened to Adam Smith?

Apr 19, 2015
Adam Kent Smith
CMPD

What happened to Adam Smith? The 24-year-old man died last week after apparently being hit with a blunt object. With little information to go on, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are looking for anyone who may have seen him before his death.

Officers were directing traffic on West Morehead Street near downtown Wednesday when Smith approached saying he was hurt. He died later at the hospital, the medical examiner says as a result of blunt force trauma. 

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In an hour-long interview with WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Monday, Governor Pat McCrory lashed out at Republican lawmakers in Raleigh for what he sees as bad and misguided legislation. This includes a proposal to redistribute sales tax and what’s become known as ‘The Magistrate Bill.’

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Governor Pat McCrory was Monday's guest on Charlotte Talks. The interview comes at a time when the Republican governor is at odds with state lawmakers, particularly Republicans in the Senate, on a number of key issues. These include taxes, business incentives and the state’s budget.

Gov. Pat McCrory

Governor Pat McCrory has now made it clear, he is against a Senate plan to redistribute sales taxes. And he’s looking for allies in that fight.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

North Carolina legislative leaders are pushing for a significant change in how sales taxes are distributed.

Currently, 75 percent of all sales tax collections go to the county where the sales occurred. The rest is spread by population.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Onslow County wants to spread sales tax collections across the state by population.

“Large urban counties have had an unfair advantage for decades. This bill restructures the sales tax system so rural, poor counties can finally receive a fair shake,” he says.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Mecklenburg County voters did not approve a quarter cent sales tax that would have gone mostly to raise CMS employee pay.  Sixty-one percent of voters said 'no' to that.  

The sales tax didn’t have much organized opposition.  The idea just didn’t take. It lost in precincts throughout the county, save for one in Davidson and a few neighborhoods just southeast of uptown. 

A group called Together 4 Meck sprung into action to advocate for the tax.

WFAE

Election week is finally upon us.  Ben Bradford, Tom Bullock and Lisa Worf talk about what the Democratic and Republican candidates for Senate have accomplished in their political careers.  We also talk about the sales tax referendum on Mecklenburg County ballots - what it goes for and how it got on the ballot in the first place. 

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