Senator Wiley Nickel introduced a bill to increase state revenue to make long overdue and needed investments in public education, infrastructure and a healthy environment. Our upside down tax code that asks more from teachers, police and fire-fighters than it does from those in the Top 1%.

The bill would increase state funding by close to $2 billion dollars per year. This would have a huge impact on our ability to achieve the goals our constitution sets forth with the promise of a sound education for every North Carolina child. The bill would roll back Republican tax cuts on corporations and families making over $500,000 per year to make sure they pay their fair share.

Senator Nickel said, “Corporations in North Carolina pay the lowest income tax rate in the country at 2.5%.  We need to roll back the Republican tax cuts in order to make needed investments in public education, affordable health care and infrastructure. We can either rank 40th in spending per student or we can make corporations pay their fair share to provide needed support for a world-class public education system. With a corporate income tax rate at 5% North Carolina would still be amongst the lowest states in the South.”

Senator Nickel added, “North Carolina Republicans have rigged the system so that those in the Top 1% pay a lower share of state and local taxes than the Bottom 99%.  The wealthy need to pay their fair share so we can invest in public education, affordable health care and our state’s crumbling infrastructure. My bill would roll back Republican tax cuts on families making over $500,000 per year. We have an upside down tax system that lets the Top 1% pay a lower share of their taxes than teachers, police and fire-fighters. That’s just wrong.”