To the Editor:
Asheville is a town full of smart, aggressive people and a town with a lot more winners than losers. Anytime a city has an unemployment rate below 5 percent, it is obviously doing something right.
However, there are a few people around Asheville who seem to ignore simple economics. They assume that taxing the rich will bring in more money to our state. If that were true Gov. Beverly Perdue would still be in office. Under her we probably had the highest tax rate in the South along with the 49th highest unemployment rate in America.
In Western North Carolina we have thousands of second-home owners. In Jackson County, 47 percent of our home owners don’t live in the state. Gov. Pat McCory’s goal has been to lure some of these people back to North Carolina with our lower taxes. In a year and a half our state’s economy has improved and employment has been substantially increased. As a result, next school year our teachers’ salaries will be increased and there will be more money for education. Some people will never understand that lower taxes will actually bring in more money to the state.