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Senator Tillis is desperately attempting to distract from his record putting his corporate special interest donors and the wealthiest few before working North Carolinians and teachers, criticizing a budget from 20 years ago that made investments in education, child care, and North Carolina families.
As Speaker of the House, Thom Tillis passed sweeping tax legislation that cut taxes for corporations and overwhelmingly benefited the highest income earners the most while ending “several deductions and tax provisions that benefit working class taxpayers” and leaving the state with fewer resources for teachers and services. Tillis’ 2013 tax bill:
A legislator who served with Tillis even said: “Yes, you can go back and say if we didn’t cut taxes we would have money for education.”
Cal Cunningham, by comparison, voted for a budget that:
Senator Tillis had the same wrong priorities in the U.S. Senate as in the legislature. Despite promises that the 2017 tax bill would reduce the national debt and benefit working families, Tillis’ vote increased the deficit by nearly $2 trillion, benefited wealthy Americans and corporations at the expense of North Carolina families, and paved the way for a lawsuit to dismantle the ACA.
Senator Tillis’ record reveals he consistently has raised taxes on North Carolina families only to give tax breaks to his wealthy donors and big corporations.