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Gov Perdue’s sales tax increase is not popular

(WWAY) — Governor Perdue says she is eying an increase in the state sales tax. “I am suggesting today and I am going to fight for today for our children’s future by doing a fraction of a penny for progress for schools and for children to invest in public schools, universities and colleges.”

This is not the first time this tax has been a political football. The state sales tax was increased to the 7.5 percent the governor wants from 2009 until the Republican led legislature let the additional tax expire this past July.

People we talked to are not in favor of the state sales tax increase.

Julia Knorr of Wilmington is not impressed with the tax plan. “That is very disconcerting to me because I just don’t feel like in my situation that I can afford that to happen to me. The lottery is supposed to help education and I don’t know if that’s even happening at all.”

Brunswick County Commission Chairman Bill Sue does not think the money will get to the schools. Governor Perdue when she was governor made the deciding vote to initiate the school lottery in North Carolina yet in her budget proposal to the house this past year she recommended reducing money going to the schools so the people of Brunswick County will have to be their own judge.”

The Governor says she will fight for her tax increase and she will have to, Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger says the Governor’s tax plan is dead on arrival.

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