We have wasted no time getting to work on the North Carolina budget, which passed theHouse with a bipartisan, veto-proof majority last week. It’s now the Senate’s turn to produce aresponsible spending plan that sets state priorities, cuts spending, and lowers taxes. Our subcommittees were busy this week reviewing the House plan and setting spending targets thatwill make North Carolina government live within its means for the first time in years.As legislators, one of our chief responsibilities is to balance a budget that provides vital stateservices. It is our desire not to tread on the individual freedoms of North Carolina citizens or businesses. By Memorial Day, we hope to show you a plan that does just that. It will right-size government, get the state off the backs of job-creating private businesses, put more moneyin your pockets, and reform and improve public education.
Legislative Leaders Urge Court to Strike Down Health Care Law
Brief Filed in Court of Appeals CasePresident Obama’s federal health care law is unconstitutional, violates states rights, and would bust the state budget, according to an Amicus brief leaders of the North Carolina GeneralAssembly filed Wednesday. The case,
State of Florida v. United States Department of Healthand Human Services, et al.,
is being considered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the EleventhCircuit in Atlanta.The brief argues The Patient Protections and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 holdshostage states’ participation in Medicaid unless they submit to confusing federal mandates thatviolate the U.S. Constitution and wrongly exert control over state budgets and legislativeagendas. The law would force North Carolina’s taxpayers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars more annually in Medicaid, hindering the state’s ability to provide other vital services.The brief was submitted in support of a lower court ruling that a provision of the federal healthcare law forcing citizens to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.It is a shame we had to file this brief because our Governor and Attorney General refused todefend the constitutional rights of North Carolinians. The federal government has encroachedon individual liberties and states’ rights. We will not roll over when federal authorities abusetheir power and pass unconstitutional laws.
Taxation in N.C.
The tax burden in North Carolina is too high. Yet, there are many on the other side who wantto increase taxes and spending. The budget Governor Perdue sent us early in the sessionincluded $600 million in higher taxes in both years for a total of $1.2 billion. As you know,there’s only one place you can get this kind of money. You guessed it, from the taxpayer, bothindividual and business. There are states that have no personal income tax at all like Florida,Tennessee, and Texas. Maybe we in North Carolina should rethink our budget and fund real priorities like education, infrastructure, and job creation. If we did, that we could reduce taxes