North Carolina’s ‘Moral Mondays’ Crowd has a Wish List that Taxpayers Can’t Afford

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(talkingpointsmemo.com)

North Carolina lawmakers are beginning to understand exactly what the state’s progressives are looking to accomplish with their weekly “Moral Monday” protests at the Capitol, and it’s insanely expensive.

Forbes contributor Patrick Gleason reports that North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger sent a letter to progressive leaders this spring to get a better idea of the associated costs of the actual policy changes sought by the state’s far left leaders.

What soon became apparent is the Moral Monday crowd’s list of demands – which includes permitting collective bargaining for all government employees, expanding Medicaid, state subsidized child care for all, state provided health insurance for all and other measures – would entail an astronomical tax increase the state definitely cannot afford, according to Gleason.

“The non-partisan fiscal staff found that the Moral Monday agenda, if implemented, would require state lawmakers to raise taxes by $7 billion. For some context, such a tax hike would increase the North Carolina general fund by a whopping 35 percent,” Gleason wrote.

Most of the money would have to come from a massive increase in taxes on corporations, which have been driving the state’s economic recovery in recent years, making the plan promoted by North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber and other progressives not only unrealistic, but financially reckless.

“The Moral Monday plan would also necessitate a nearly ten-fold increase in the state corporate income tax, taking the rate from 6 to over 50 percent. Combined with the federal income tax, the highest in the world, if Rev. Barber and crew had their druthers, companies would face a combined tax rate of over 80 percent on profits earned in North Carolina,” Gleason reports.
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Leaders of Eight Left-Wing States Come Up with Scheme to Increase Electric Car Purchases

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(Polaris.com)

Progressive leaders in eight “dark blue” states who are unhappy with the tiny number of “zero emission vehicles” on the road are joining together on a plan to correct the “problem.”

The Wall Street Journal reports that officials in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont – states that collectively represent 28 percent of the auto market – will use the old carrot-and-stick routine to increase sales of zero emission vehicles to 3.3 million by 2025.

Zero emission vehicles include those that run on electricity or hydrogen-powered fuel cells, as well as plug-in hybrids, the LATimes.com reports.

Currently, there are 200,000 such vehicles on U.S. roads. Analysts note that demand for zero emission vehicles has been slipping in recent years.

The “carrots” being offered by the states are primarily for consumers: rebates for “green” car purchases, access to car pool lanes, and lower road and bridge tolls. The states will also petition the federal government to continue offering income tax credits for environmentally friendly cars.

While those incentives may appear underwhelming, the “sticks” will be more substantial.

Car dealers will be pressured into promoting “green” cars more aggressively, and businesses will be encouraged to install recharging stations for employees.

More states may even follow California’s lead and set sales quotas for “green” cars on any auto manufacturer that wants access to its markets. This strong-arm tactic has led auto manufacturers to produce zero emission vehicles that few people want, just to be able to sell their other, more popular cars.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for example, “takes a $14,000 hit on every sale of the electric version of its Fiat 500,” LATimes.com reports.

It’s just common sense to conclude that Fiat Chrysler and the other auto companies are increasing the price of their other cars to recoup some of that lost revenue.

So while the greenies’ obsession with the electric car may seem cute and harmless, it’s actually leading to higher prices, lower profits, and (likely) fewer jobs.

But the environmentalists are okay with Americans being nickeled-and-dimed to death by their policies. After all, the Left’s overall goal is to create a more just and equitable world, because Americans eat too much, drive too much, consume too much and pollute too much.

As conservative talk show host Mark Levin likes to remind his audience, green is the new red.