McCrory vows to veto N.C. Senate tax redistribution plan

GovPatMcCrory-HQRALEIGH – Calling the North Carolina Senate’s plan to redistribute sales tax dollars from urban to rural areas “liberal tax and spend principles of the past that simply don’t work,” Governor Pat McCrory vowed to veto Senate Bill 369.

McCrory focused on travel and tourism in his pointed critique of a bill titled the Sales Tax Fairness Act, saying “this legislation will decimate our travel and tourism sector, particularly in our mountain and beach communities.”  The governor also renewed his call for the General Assembly to pass his signature NC Competes plan to provide economic development incentives to job creators and to put his Connect NC bond proposal on the ballot this November.

brownMcCrory’s afternoon statement drew an evening response from Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown, who began his statement by saying he cannot decide if the governor “thinks he is the governor of Charlotte or the mayor of North Carolina.”  Brown pointed to the support of over 100 local officials for the Senate plan accused the Governor of being “tone-deaf,” saying the governor has favored urban areas over rural areas of the state.