With The 2017 Legislature In Session, North Carolina’S

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With the 2017 legislature in session, North Carolina’s government leaders worked to pass Senate Bill 325, “Billion Dollar Middle Class Tax Cut.” This republican-backed law places a cap on the personal income tax rate at 5.5 percent. Despite Governor Cooper’s veto power, the overwhelming support from the GOP supermajority overrode his mark of authority. Now, with support of the state officials, the bill must be approved by local voters through the referendum process, as the law plans to amend the constitution. While the elected legislators are in favor of this change, the people of North Carolina are now in charge. It is up to Governor Cooper and the North Carolina legislators to campaign the referendum and gain support from state voters.…show more content…
These interest groups, despite variation in specific motives, would join with state legislators in educating voters about the direct benefits of this proposed bill. This goal of capping personal income could also be recognized by super PAC’s, whose contributions to state campaigns generally have a stronger influence on government than compared to donations at the national level, as their sizable sums lead to direct favors from state officials (Blumenthal, 2015). While gaining support from the general public can be stimulated by countless political figures, the greatest influencer in politics continues to be money. Campaign spending is a strong determinant in voting outcomes, further denoting its overwhelming importance. Funding and spending gain importance relative to the size of the campaign; gaining support for this bill would likely cost a significant amount, as support is needed across the state. Campaigning at this capacity requires advertisements, commercials, appearances, and possibly travel, all of which demand significant funding. However, the nature of this campaign lends itself well to considerable funding, as “organizational contributors tend to support issues in the area of... tax and revenue policy” (Braunstein, 2004, 124). This unwavering support from countless contributors will provide the state legislators an opportunity to broadcast their campaign and positively market Senate Bill 325. Despite a strong influence from legislatures and

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