Gov. Bev Perdue lobbied Thursday for her plan to temporarily increase the state sales tax by 3/4 of a cent, with the revenue going to education.
Speaking at the Microsoft campus in southwest Charlotte, the Democratic governor said the state has a history of investing in education, our colleagues at The Charlotte Observer reported.
She said the General Assembly should enact the sales-tax increase, which would raise about $850 million a year. The increase would raise the sales tax in most counties from 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent.
But in speaking with reporters after her speech, Perdue said she wouldn't give a specific timeline as to how long the temporary tax should be in place. She said she was optimistic the state's economy was turning around, and said she would repeal the tax when the state can fully fund education. Read more from the event here.