Phil Berger On Taxes, Redistricting

January 29th, 2011 by scarlett Categories: Hot Topics, Education, Senate Session 2011-2012, Taxes No Responses

Presumptive Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger also spoke with reporters last week (see Thom Tillis interview). As well as social issues and the budgeting process, he also commented on taxes:

“Increases in taxes are not something that we are going to have as part of what we deal with in the budget. Continuation of the so-called ‘temporary taxes’ is not something that will be part of our proposal. I’ve said it this way: We intend to keep the promise the Democrats made two years ago when they said that they were temporary taxes.”

Redistricting:

“One of the goals that we have is to draw maps that comply with the law, that will be approved under the Voting Rights Act, and that will be in place so that the state of North Carolina can conduct elections under the maps, drawn by the people who were elected by the voters in the recent election, in time that we don’t have to delay next year’s elections.”

and the UNC School System:

“It’s hard for me to say whether or not you’ll see going forward a perception amongst people outside as to whether or not the universities are getting a better deal or the K-12 education system is getting a better deal or community colleges are getting a better deal. It seems to me that we have an obligation to make sure that all three of those legs are properly funded and perform the function for which the people of North Carolina expect those institutions to exist.”

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