Guilford County sales tax bill sent to rules committee to die

Mainstream media are reporting that a bill allowing Guilford County to specify that a 0.25 cent increase in sales tax would be used to pay for the school’s capital expenditures, as if it s was news.

The bill sponsored by Guilford County Democratic Senators Michael Garrett and Gladys Robinson is likely to pass when pigs fly over skaters in hell.

Of the 60 bills where Garrett was a primary sponsor in the 2021-2022 session, none passed. The vast majority, like the sales tax bill, was sent to the Rules Committee, which is where bills are sent to die. Some were referred to the Appropriations Committee where, if adopted, they would then be sent to the Rules Committee, but none were adopted by the Appropriations Committee, according to the Carolina General Assembly website. North.

Robinson pushed through one of the 28 bills she sponsored. This concerned the accreditation of Bennett College.

However, Robinson once had the distinct honor of having a bill she sponsored referred to the Committee of Ways and Means, which at the time had not met for 20 years.

Guilford County commissioners wisely tried to convince Republican Senator Amy Galey to sponsor the bill, but she refused. If Galey had sponsored Bill, he would have at least had a fighting chance.

Any bill sponsored by Garrett and Robinson has virtually no chance of making it to the Senate, let alone passing staunchly Republican majorities in the State House and Senate.

The fact that Guilford County Board of Commissioners Democratic Chairman Skip Alston called for the bill to be introduced makes it more unlikely that the Senate or House will ever consider the bill, but to report that the bill was presented gives the impression that Alston has some influence. in the state legislature.