A group of a dozen business people have signed a letter to Gov. Bev. Perdue urging her to consider all options, including higher taxes, to preserve North Carolina's business climate.
The business leaders say North Carolina's ratings as a good state to do business from groups such as Site Selection magazine and Forbes magazine is dependent on North Carolina funding education, transportation water and sewer and other public projects.
“We believe that maintaining public systems such as our public education system and infrastructure is essential to keeping our state competitive,” they wrote.
“As you put together the budget, we urge you to put all options on the table to deal with the budget shortfall, including revenue,” they wrote. “Simply too much is at risk not to.”
Perdue is weighing whether to propose extending $1.3 billion in temporary taxes passed by the legislature in 2009 that are scheduled to expire in June.
The letter was signed by Robert L. “Roddy” Jones, chairman of Davidson and Jones Corp. of Raleigh; Dede J. Carney, Carney & Co. Realtor Team Heritage Properties of Snow Hill, Joseph Kenny, managing director of Brookwood Associates, Charlotte; Dean Debnam, CEO of Workplace Options of Raleigh, Mack B. Pearsall of PVC Inc. of Asheville, Jim Dickens, CEO of Jim Dickens Printing & Promotional Products of Rocky Mount; Jospeh M. Sansom, site-partner of Southgate Plaza Shopping Center of Raleigh; Mitchell Gold, chairman of Mitchell Gold & bob Williams of Taylorsville; Lyman G. Welton, CEO and chairman of Morehead Associates of Charlotte; Jim Goodmon, CEO of Capitol Broadcasting of Raleigh, Kelly Wlliamson, senior vice president of APCO International of Raleigh; and Ann Goodnight, director of public relations of SAS of Cary.