Friday, June 27, 2003

We need services, lots of services
In the Old North State, Support for N.C. lottery building up:
Support for a lottery seems to be gaining momentum as support for other various ways to raise state revenue begins to wane.

The N.C. Senate attempted to raise nearly $330 million in new revenue in fiscal year 2003-04, and $326 million in 2004-05 in its latest budget proposal by increasing taxes on tobacco and alcohol products. However, the House has staunchly refused to raise any more taxes this year, leaving many questioning how the state can get needed revenue.

"We've got to have some new revenue in this state – period," said N.C. Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe. "I would hate to see us start moving backwards."
Dang those selfish taxpayers!