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NC liberal group says paying taxes is patriotic

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A coalition of North Carolina liberal groups wants to spread the message heading into Independence Day that paying taxes is patriotic.

The group Together NC plans to gather on the State Capitol grounds on Wednesday to emphasize the benefits to all when public education, infrastructure, and health-care are provided from taxes everyone pays.

The gathering is a protest against plans in the state Senate on Wednesday to cut personal income tax rates and phase out the corporate income tax. The House isn’t taking up legislation until next week.

The Senate’s Republican majority believes the plan would improve the economy and help create jobs. Opponents say the tax cuts will primarily benefit wealthy people and profitable corporations while more of the burden is shifted to middle- and low-income taxpayers.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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