Reform taxes and education
RALEIGH — Two of the top issues facing new North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly in 2013 are tax reform and education reform. For the performance of North Carolina’s economy to improve significantly in the short run, we need a more competitive tax system. For the performance of North Carolina’s economy to excel in the long run, we need a more competitive education system.
Are these two goals inconsistent? Some politicians and activists say yes. Those on the Left contend that education reform is impossible without dramatically higher spending on public schools – and that reducing North Carolina’s high tax rates on income will starve the state of the money necessary to make that happen.
On the Right, some argue that key tools in the school reformers’ toolkit, such as ...