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Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

"....[The State legislators] do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least)."
And this is another good reason to vote for a change to our State Legislators, so our cities and Counties can have more flexibility to create solutions that fit the needs of their constituents, to make government more responsive. HB2 had the added suck of barring local cities from making their own legislation regarding discrimination- and maybe more.
Time to get them out of there.

Posted by 2Lionsrock on 11/03/2016 at 12:15 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

about the Wake Transit referendum- will there be a possibility to amend the half cent sales tax hike to something like a few bucks for luxury items sales tax?
Also, this article mentions that raising taxes for the wealthy is "thanks to state law, that's not an option". Are we talking about income based tax levied at County level being against State Law?
If so, there could still be sales taxes on luxury items.
granted, a half cent does not seem like a hardship per item- but for a number of Wake residents it adds up. I am imagining this is an across the board sales tax. So Groceries will be taxed? Items one buys at the Cvs/rite aid type stores? feminine products? Many of these things are necessities, and over a years time can add up.
What I am wondering is, if this referendum is passed- and if we have an actual representative serving county commission, will there be a possibility to revisit how the sales tax is implemented?

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 10/25/2016 at 3:10 AM

Re: “180 minutes wandering downtown on night one of Raleigh’s outdoor-drinking crackdown

I am also wondering if the issue has not been mistaken. I wonder if the alcohol consumption is not more of the issue for the noise. We see it in this article in the pedal pub and pedi-cab (which usually attracts late eve revelers and the music is to attract them)- we see it in the drunk bros fighting, we see it in the people loud on the street without alcohol in hand, and loud (but likely plenty in system). I have lived in and visited many cities. In London, pubs have to stop serving alcohol and closing at certain times that coincide with the final tube (subway-metroline) departing times- the goal- is to stop inebbriated people from being in the streets. It is meant to encourage people going home- having set places to go and be. the pub for a few hours in the evening- and then- to the tube and home. There is a similar set up in other smaller cities in Europe- where alcohol has a time to stop being served- whether that is midnight or 1am on weekends and 11pm or midnight on weeknights varies. Alcohol seems to have more of a record for increasing noise, fights, and more than sitting at a table on a sidewalk- and the problem here is the council has not been able to separate these issues in my opinion. In Oklahoma city a lot of late night revelry is kept to a certain district- Bricktown. and I am sure there is a time to stop serving alcohol even there. in many much larger cities people do accept and adjust to louder noise levels as well. It is possible the ordinances may have an impact solely by way of keeping later drinkers inside or outdoors people deciding to leave earlier. I also am newer to the area and do not know when the inner Raleigh busses stop running- though I am fairly sure many people who come from outside the city center come by car and that seems to be another huge issue in terms of alcohol and driving.

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Posted by 2Lionsrock on 08/24/2015 at 3:35 PM

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