Politics blocks tax reform
RALEIGH — I don’t find the structure of North Carolina’s tax code to be at all surprising. I find it confusing, destructive, unfair, and absurd, as do most folks who have studied it. But no one should ever be surprised that tax systems are screwy. They get that way for a reason.
You can see why by looking at the North Carolina governor’s race.
For at least two decades, the Democrats running state government in Raleigh have repeatedly called for fundamental tax reform. They have convened working groups and blue ribbon commissions. They have held hearings and met with editorial boards. They have observed that North Carolina’s tax system – based on high income taxes, sales taxes that apply to goods but not services, and countless exemptions and tax giveaways to special interests – was created ...