Legislative Watch

EITC bill will reveal much about true GOP intentions

The House Finance Committee is scheduled to take up House Bill 93 this morning — the proposal to repeal “refundability” of the state Earned Income Tax Credit. As is explained in this morning’s NC Policy Watch Weekly Briefing, the fate of the bill should reveal much about whether conservative legislative leaders will practice what they preach about tax cuts for all or stick to their past, real world practice of favoring the rich and corporations.

Six weeks into the 2011 legislative session, North Carolina Republicans have voted in complete lockstep on every major issue. To conservatives, this is simply evidence of an impressive level of discipline. To critics, it is evidence of a lemming-like willingness to simply do check one’s personal beliefs at the door and do whatever one is told to do by the powers that be.

In the coming days as lawmakers consider the proposal to raise taxes on the working poor, we should know, once and for all, who is right. If the majority votes once again in complete lockstep to eviscerate the EITC – to actually raise taxes in contravention of conservative philosophy based on such patently weak arguments – a sad truth about the true nature of the GOP agenda will be there for all to see.”

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