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DSCC Launching $9.1 Million Advertising Buy In North Carolina To Highlight Speaker Thom Tillis' Disastrous Legislative Record

DSCC Launching $9.1 Million Advertising Buy In North Carolina To Highlight Speaker Thom Tillis' Disastrous Legislative Record

New Ad: Speaker Tillis Cut Nearly $500 Million From North Carolina Education But Gave Tax Breaks To Yacht & Jet Owners

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is launching an $9.1 million advertising buy in North Carolina to highlight Speaker Thom Tillis' disastrous record in the North Carolina Legislature. The first ad, “Black and White,” explains how Speaker Tillis gave tax breaks to the wealthy after cutting nearly $500 million from North Carolina schools. The ad includes coverage from North Carolina’s major newspapers on how Speaker Tillis’ cuts drew a “bull’s-eye” on public schools, “cut nearly “$500 million” and “sliced and diced” the budget.

The new ad marks the beginning of a major, multi-million dollar DSCC advertising buy to highlight how North Carolinians can’t afford Speaker Thom Tillis.

To watch “Black and White,” click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr_9kx2-qLs&feature=youtu.be

“Speaker Tillis passed an agenda that funneled massive tax cuts to the wealthy after gutting nearly $500 million in education funding for North Carolina schools and North Carolina simply can’t afford that,” said Justin Barasky, a spokesman at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “North Carolina deserves better than Speaker Tillis and over the next three months the DSCC will continue to highlight just how wrong Speaker Tillis is for North Carolina.”

BACKGROUND

 

CLAIM

“BLACK AND WHITE” DOCUMENTATION

 

ANNCR: It’s “right there in black and white.”

 

TEXT: Greensboro News & Record, August 19, 2013 “Right There in Black and White”

 

GREENSBORO NEWS & RECORD: “THE CUT IS RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE”

 

Greensboro News & Record: Cut To Education Is “Right There In Black And White.” In August 2013, the Greensboro News & Record reported: “But even that’s not the whole story. State budgets are typically built off of something called “continuance.” The idea is to calculate how much money it would take, given growth rates and other changes, to keep service levels even year to year. And based on the K-12 continuance budget for this year, the state cut nearly $117 million. Legislative leaders may say that’s an apples-to-oranges comparison. They have a point: Funding often increases during the year, and may this year. But their own budget documents work from continuance figures. The cut is right there in black and white. The figure they’re using to claim a funding increase doesn’t even appear in final budget documents.” [Greensboro News & Record, 8/19/13]

 

 

ANNCR:  House Speaker Thom Tillis drew a “bull’s-eye” on public schools.

 

TEXT:  Raleigh News & Observer: “Bull’s-Eye On Public Education” 12/1/13

 

 

RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: TILLIS AND REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURE DREW A “BULLS-EYE” ON PUBLIC EDUCATION

 

Raleigh News & Observer Editorial: Tillis And Republican Legislature Drew “A Bulls-Eye On Public Education.” In December 2013, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial stated: “Even before Republicans took over the General Assembly and commenced to drawing a bull’s-eye on public education, North Carolina was living on luck with regard to teacher pay. With a starting salary of about $30,000, young teachers have to scramble to live, sharing homes and pinching the pennies that are left over after they dig into their own pockets for school supplies. Teacher pay has long been disgraceful in North Carolina, and without meaning to, GOP lawmakers really cast a spotlight on it – and not a flattering spotlight.” [Raleigh News & Observer, editorial, 12/1/13]

 

  • Tillis Became Speaker When The Republicans Won The Majority In The General Assembly In 2010. “When Republicans won the majority in 2010, [Tillis] became speaker and marshaled the votes to override 11 of the Democratic governor’s vetoes.” [Politico, 7/19/13]

 

 

ANNCR: Cutting nearly “500 million dollars.”

 

TEXT: Charlotte Observer: Cutting Nearly “$500 Million” 7/23/13

 

 

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: TILLIS’ BUDGET CUT NEARLY $500 MILLION FROM EDUCATION

 

Budget “Cuts Education Spending By Almost $500 Million In The Next 2 Years.” In July 2013, The Charlotte Observer editorialized, “Here’s what the Senate and House budget plan, set for a vote this week, does to N.C. schools: It cuts education spending by almost $500 million in the next two years, including a decrease in net spending for K-12 public schools. It invites bigger and more chaotic classrooms by removing the cap on some classroom sizes and cutting funding for elementary school teacher assistants. School systems can offset those cuts if they somehow find money in their shrinking budgets, but if they don’t, more than 3,850 second- and third-grade teaching assistants will be gone.” [Editorial, Charlotte Observer, 7/23/13]

 

Tillis’ Budget Cut Education Spending By Almost $500 Million Over Two Years. In July 2013, the AP reported: “The $11.5 billion portion of the state budget set aside for public schools, community colleges and the University of North Carolina system cuts education spending by nearly $260 million this year and another $222 million next year.” [AP, 7/23/13]

 

Tillis Supported the Appropriations Act of 2013. In July 2013, Tillis supported, “an act to make base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.” The act passed 65-53. [Vote 1297, (Tillis – Y), SB 402, 7/24/13]

 

ANNCR: Tillis sliced and diced education, creating chaos in our classrooms and hurting middle-class families, while giving tax breaks to yacht and jet owners.

 

TEXT: Raleigh News & Observer: “Sliced And Diced The State Budget” 12/1/13

 

The Charlotte Observer “More Chaotic Classrooms” – 7/23/13

 

Raleigh News & Observer “An Agenda That Has Hurt Many Families and Institutions” – 5/13/14

 

Raleigh News & Observer: “Extravagant Amounts to the Wealthy” 7/18/13, 4/14/14

 

 

TILLIS SLICED AND DICED THE BUDGET…

 

Raleigh News & Observer Editorial: Tillis And Republicans “Sliced And Diced The State Budget.” In December 2013, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial stated: “Even before Republicans took over the General Assembly and commenced to drawing a bull’s-eye on public education, North Carolina was living on luck with regard to teacher pay. With a starting salary of about $30,000, young teachers have to scramble to live, sharing homes and pinching the pennies that are left over after they dig into their own pockets for school supplies. Teacher pay has long been disgraceful in North Carolina, and without meaning to, GOP lawmakers really cast a spotlight on it – and not a flattering spotlight. But here’s the rub: Republicans sliced and diced the state budget so much, ensuring tax breaks for business and for the wealthy with a pittance thrown in for average middle class folks, that even as they speak of teacher raises, they have no clue where to get the money.” [Raleigh News & Observer, editorial, 12/1/13]

 

…CREATING “MORE CHAOTIC CLASSROOMS” AND HURTING “MANY FAMILIES”…

 

Charlotte Observer Editorial: Tillis’ Budget “Invited Bigger And More Chaotic Classrooms” By Removing Cap On Classroom Sizes And Cutting Funding For Teacher Assistants. In July 2013, a Charlotte Observer editorial stated: “Here’s what the Senate and House budget plan, set for a vote this week, does to N.C. schools: It cuts education spending by almost $500 million in the next two years, including a decrease in net spending for K-12 public schools. It invites bigger and more chaotic classrooms by removing the cap on some classroom sizes and cutting funding for elementary school teacher assistants. School systems can offset those cuts if they somehow find money in their shrinking budgets, but if they don’t, more than 3,850 second- and third-grade teaching assistants will be gone.” [Charlotte Observer, editorial, 7/23/13]

 

Raleigh News & Observer Editorial: Tillis And Republicans’ Agenda “Has Hurt Many Families And Institutions In This State.” In May 2014, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial stated: “The best hope North Carolinians have is that the ‘short session’ of the General Assembly that begins today will be uneventful. A quiet session would be a blessing after a long session in which Republicans really geared up an agenda that has hurt many families and institutions in this state.” [Raleigh News & Observer, editorial, 5/13/14]

 

…WHILE GIVING TAX BREAKS TO YACHT AND JET OWNERS

 

Editorial: NC General Assembly Has Handed Out “Extravagant Amounts To The Wealthy In Tax Cuts” And Left The State “Strapped For Basic Services.” In April 2014, a Raleigh News & Observer editorial stated: “It really is time to stop calling those who run the N.C. General Assembly conservatives. They are not conservative. They are reckless. There’s a long list of actions that demonstrates their disregard for what defines the truly conservative. They hand out extravagant amounts to the wealthy in tax cuts and leave the state strapped for basic services.” [Raleigh News & Observer, editorial, 4/14/14]

 

WNCN: Tax Reform Package “Maintains A $1,500 Cap On The Sales For A Yacht Or Jet.” In July 2013, WNCN reported that the 2013 tax reform package “maintains a $1,500 cap on the sales tax for a yacht or a jet, as well as exempts country clubs from corporate income tax.” [WNCN, 7/23/13]

 

Tax Reform Package Preserved $1,500 Sales Tax Cap On Private Yachts And Jets, Which Costs $10 Million Annually In Lost Revenue For North Carolina. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, the Republican General Assembly’s tax reform package put sales tax on newspapers and eliminated sales tax holidays for school supplies and energy-efficient appliances, “but still on the books is a $1,500 cap on the sales tax for a yacht or a jet, a provision that costs the state $10 million a year in lost revenue.” [Raleigh News & Observer, 7/18/13]

 

 

AUDIO: Thom Tillis. Cutting our schools. Giving breaks to the wealthy.

 

TEXT: North Carolina Can’t Afford Thom Tillis

 

Cutting Our Schools, Giving Breaks to the Wealthy

 

TILLIS CUT SCHOOLS AND GAVE TAX BREAKS TO THE WEALTHY

 

Tillis Supported the Appropriations Act of 2013. In June 2013, Tillis supported, “an act to make base budget appropriations for current operations of state departments, institutions, and agencies, and for other purposes.” The act passed 65-53. [Vote 1297, (Tillis – Y), SB 402, 7/24/13]

 

Budget “Cuts Education Spending By Almost $500 Million In The Next 2 Years.” In July 2013, The Charlotte Observer editorialized, “Here’s what the Senate and House budget plan, set for a vote this week, does to N.C. schools: It cuts education spending by almost $500 million in the next two years, including a decrease in net spending for K-12 public schools. It invites bigger and more chaotic classrooms by removing the cap on some classroom sizes and cutting funding for elementary school teacher assistants. School systems can offset those cuts if they somehow find money in their shrinking budgets, but if they don’t, more than 3,850 second- and third-grade teaching assistants will be gone.” [Editorial, Charlotte Observer, 7/23/13]

 

Tillis’ Budget Cut Education Spending By Almost $500 Million Over Two Years. In July 2013, the AP reported: “The $11.5 billion portion of the state budget set aside for public schools, community colleges and the University of North Carolina system cuts education spending by nearly $260 million this year and another $222 million next year.” [AP, 7/23/13]

 

TILLIS VOTED FOR 2013 TAX PLAN, CALLED IT “HISTORIC”

 

Tillis Voted For The 2013 Tax Reform Bill. In July 2013, Tillis voted for the Tax Simplification and Reduction Act conference report, which “creates a modified flat tax system, with a single income tax rate, an increased standard deduction and fewer tax breaks, as well as the elimination of the personal exemption and a $50,000 deduction for small business owners. It also repeals the state's estate tax.” The act passed its second reading 77-38. Tillis, as Speaker, did not vote for the third reading. [Vote 1195, (Tillis – Y), HB 998, 7/16/13; CNN, 8/8/13]

 

Tillis Called the 2013 Tax Compromise Plan “Historic.” In July 2013, WNCN reported: “Gov. Pat McCrory signed "comprehensive tax reform" into law Tuesday, capping the income tax for all individuals at 5.8 percent and reducing the corporate tax to 6 percent in 2014. Flanked by legislative leaders, McCrory said the reform package will ‘prove to be critically important to growing North Carolina's economy and getting people back to work.’ ‘This tax reform package puts more money in families' budgets and will restore confidence for North Carolina businesses,’ McCrory said. ‘Because of this package, job creators will think about relocating to our great state.’ In a statement, House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) called the state's tax system ‘archaic,’ and said it ‘punished success and ignored the needs of a modern society.’ ‘Through those years, many have tried and failed to bring true reform to the system in a way that benefits every taxpayer,’ Tillis said. ‘Today, we are accomplishing what others could not by signing into law a historic measure that will bring tax relief to our citizens and make our state more competitive for economic development and job creation.’” [WNCN, 7/23/13]

…EVEN THOUGH “MOST OF THAT MONEY” IN TAX PLAN “WILL GO TO THE STATE’S WEALTHIEST TAXPAYERS”

 

Charlotte Observer Editorial: “Most Of That Money” In The Tax Reform Plan “Will Go To The State’s Wealthiest Taxpayers.” In August 2014, a Charlotte Observer editorial stated: “ You can have your opinion about teacher pay, other spending and tax cuts – we certainly have ours. But here are the facts: North Carolina cut personal income taxes and corporate income taxes last Jan. 1. Those tax cuts will reduce state revenue in the current budget year by at least $500 million and possibly by closer to $1 billion. Most of that money went to the state’s wealthiest taxpayers. North Carolina is scheduled to cut taxes further this coming Jan. 1. Those cuts will reduce state revenue by about $300 million in the 2015 calendar year, according to the N.C. Budget and Tax Center. Most of that money will go to the state’s wealthiest taxpayers.” [Charlotte Observer, editorial, 7/19/14]

 

Center On Budget And Policy Priorities Analyst: North Carolina Tax Reform “Gives Enormous Tax Breaks To The Wealthiest Taxpayers And Most Profitable Corporations While Raising Taxes on Many Lower- And Middle-Income Households.” “North Carolina’s bill gives enormous new tax breaks to the wealthiest taxpayers and most profitable corporations while raising taxes on many lower- and middle-income households.  The legislature’s own fiscal research agency says a family of four with income of $250,000 will get an income tax break of $2,434, while a family of four with income of $20,000 will get a tax cut of $3 — which will be more than offset by the state’s planned elimination of its Earned Income Tax Credit. In fact, because the bill also raises sales taxes, the independent North Carolina Budget & Tax Center estimates the net result will be higher taxes for the 80 percent of North Carolina families with incomes below $84,000.” [Centers on Budget and Policy Priorities, Off the Charts blog, 7/17/13]

 

Raleigh News & Observer Editorial: Tax Plan “Will Benefit The Wealthiest Taxpayers And The Biggest Businesses.” “But a close look, in fact, even a cursory look at this ‘reform’ shows the plan is mainly tax cuts – cuts that will most benefit the wealthiest taxpayers and the biggest businesses.” [Editorial, Raleigh News & Observer, 7/16/13]

“Both Proponents And Opponents Of The Plan Acknowledge That The Biggest Breaks Will Go To The Highest Income Earners.” In July 2013, WRAL reported: “Both proponents and opponents of the plan acknowledge that the biggest breaks will go to the highest income earners. Democrats have generally decried this as unfair to low-income workers, who are going to bear the brunt of service cuts brought about to compensate for the tax changes, while Republicans have generally argued that those who pay the most in taxes ought to get the biggest cuts.” [WRAL, 7/18/13]

 

 

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