My friends at the North Carolina Chapter of Americans For Prosperity are asking for our help. They are urging all NC Citizens to take action and help prevent the NC General Assembly from overriding Governor Michael Easley's veto of state House Bill 1761. Ask your state legislators to UPHOLD the Governor's veto by voting against this bad legislation.
During the last few years both Governor Easley and the General Assembly have singled out businesses for subsidization with taxpayer money. But even Governor Easley thought giving $40 million to an existing tire plant that would possibly cut jobs went too far.
In vetoing a bill that would have given the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Fayetteville a $40 million check over 10 years, Gov. Mike Easley said the legislation would have "set a dangerous precedent" for North Carolina and that the legislation would allow Goodyear to receive the $40 million even if eliminated 700 jobs at the Fayetteville factory that now employs 2700 people.
Speaker of the House Joe Hackney said it was the Easley Administration that crafted a $242 million dollar incentive package for Dell computer that allowed the company to reduce its workforce by 40 percent one year after creating the 1,500 jobs it promised. It is clear that both approaches are WRONG! North Carolina taxpayers should not be paying businesses to come or stay in North Carolina.
Please tell your state Representative and Senator to oppose House Bill 1761, which would give $40 million of your tax dollars to one of the world’s most successful tire makers, by upholding the Governor's veto of HB 1761. Massive corporate welfare funded by individual North Carolina taxpayers is wrong for North Carolina. The General Assembly needs to reject giving taxpayer money to special corporate interests such as Goodyear Tire, Dell Computers and Google, and instead focus on using taxpayer resources to provide broad-based business tax cuts.
You may do one or more of the following:
E-mail a form e-mail to your legislator by clicking here. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
Write a personalized letter to your State Legislator (both House and Senate). You can go to the General Assembly's website. Look in the right panel and click on "Who Represents Me". Type in your zip+4 code to look up the name and address of your legislators. Then, write them a letter, stamp, sign, and mail it. That's what I did and those receive the most notice. (If you'd like a copy of what I wrote to my state Rep, e-mail me and I will e-mail it to you.)
Call your legislator. Go to the General Assembly's website to look up the name and office telephone number of your legislators and place that call.