An interview with Art Pope shows up in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek magazine with some interesting new details about the governor’s new budget director.
The wealthy and influential conservative financier tells the magazine he turned the job down at first because his wife didn’t like it that he had become a favorite target of liberal groups, and had even received a death threat on an anonymous blog post.
Pope says figures like Chris Fitzsimon, executive director of N.C. Policy Watch have waged a full-steam campaign against him. In fact, a mischievous Pope says, the day that Pat McCrory announced his appointment, “We were all worried about Mr. Fitzsimon – we thought he might have a stroke.”
Pope also tells the magazine he’s not “taking an ideological ax to the state budget. I am simply taking a fresh look.”
The article quotes Dallas Woodhouse, state director of Americans for Prosperity, predicting a “major overhaul” of state government and North Carolina’s tax code. The corporate income tax will disappear and the personal income tax will be cut at least in half, Woodhouse predicts.
In fact, Senate leader Phil Berger this week floated the idea of eliminating income taxes.
Here’s the full article.