Earlier I wrote about Cabarrus Job’s Now (CJN) and their hilariously stupid mailer attacking Larry Pittman.
I promised I would follow-up on the other claims made on the mailer. I keep my promises.
— A.P. Dillon – LL1885 (@LadyLiberty1885) March 1, 2016
Two other CJN mailer claims on how Larry Pittman is the “Wrong Way” on the issues:
“Larry Pittman voted against economic incentives to strengthen our economy and help make North Carolina competitive with other states in attracting new high paying jobs.
(Source: HB 117 9/23/15)”
“Working families are carrying a heavier tax burden than ever before, and and Larry Pittman piled on even more by supporting a new tax on home repairs and car maintenance.
(Source: HB 97, 9/18/15)”
Let’s look at the “On Jobs” claim first.
HB 117 is NC Competes Act.
After a long list of amendments, changes, conference report substitutions and votes, it was passed 78-24 with a lot of Democrat support.
This is the kind of thing we’d expect a group like CJN to be mad about. Remember, CJN members courted Democrat to flip their affiliation to vote for them back in 2014.
HB 117 was signed by the Governor on September 30, 2015.
Among other problematic pieces in it, HB 117 was recognized by many as a backdoor for increased crony capitalism through the use of JDIG’s or Job Development Investment Grants.
Go hit Daily Haymaker’s article about it for more, but in a nutshell, Pittman stood by Conservative principles in voting it down. In other words, he went the “Right Way”.
Moving on to the “On Taxes” claim.
First, no, working families in NC are not more heavily burdened on taxes than ever before. Would we like to pay less in taxes? Sure, who wouldn’t?
This claim references HB 97 — which is the 2015 Appropriations Act. It’s more commonly called the state budget.
So what CJN is basically saying here is that Pittman should have voted down the state budget over a single line item. Riiiiight.
After another long series of amendments, changes, substitutions etc., HB 97 passed 81-33 and the Governor signed it. The vote was largely partisan, with only 1o Democrats voting AYE.
NC began an overhaul of taxes back in 2013. The idea was to move more in the overall direction of consumption based taxing. The 2015 changes were very small in comparison.
Yes, HB 97 does include new sales taxes and follows the shift to consumption based taxing started in 2013.
Here’s what the 2015 version included for sales taxes:
- Repairs, maintenance and installation services
- Sales taxes on aircraft/ qualified jet engines and the service contracts, parts and labor on aircraft and said jet engines
However, here is what HB 97 did for personal taxes:
- Restored the medical expense deduction
- Increased the standard deduction ($15k to $15,500 for married jointly filed, $12k to $12,400 for head of household, $7,500 to $7,750 single and/or married but filing separately)
- Included personal income tax rate reductions (In 2017 it will drop from 5.75% to 5.499%)
- Withholding tables were changed to try to help keep people from underwithholding, which a lot of people apparently do.
So, really, the repair taxes are pretty much a wash. CJN must be using Common Core Math.
Speaking of Common Core, there is an education claim on this mailer that actually is about Common Core.
Rep. Pittman has been an ardent opponent of Common Core and has been engaged on every stage of debate in this state on the topic. Stay tuned, because as many of you know, I am one of the biggest Anti-Common Core moms in the state.
The snark just got real, ya’ll.