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Stop The Gas Tax Update via my e-mail

It's not too late to sign the petition.

Contact the Governor's Office as provided below:
You may contact the Governor's Office by sending a letter to Governor Easley,
by e-mailing the Governor's Office or by calling the Governor's Office at:
1-800-662-7952 valid in North Carolina only
(919)733-4240, or (919)733-5811.

The address for all correspondence is:

Governor Michael F. Easley
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Fax: (919)715-3175 or (919)733-2120

And Contact Jim Black here:
Office: 2304 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
Phone: 919-733-3451
Email: Jimb@ncleg.net
Terms in House: 10 (0 in Senate)
District: 100
Counties Represented: Mecklenburg
Occupation: Optometrist
Address: 114 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-377-5936
Personal Website: N/A

Marc Basnight here:

Office: 2007 Legislative Building, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
Phone: (919) 733-6854
Email: Marcb@ncleg.net
Terms in Senate: 11 (0 in House)
District: 1
Counties Represented: Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Tyrrell, Washington
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Address: Rm. 2007, Raleigh, NC 27601-2808
Phone: (919) 733-6854
Personal Website: N/A

Robert Coggins Jr,

Thank you for signing our Petition to stop the gas tax hike. Let me
bring you up to date. Since you signed our Petition to stop the gas tax
hike, we have made real progress.

Everyday for 21/2 weeks, over a thousand of you have gone to
stopthegastaxhike.com to sign our Petition opposing the gas tax increase. Now
we’re over 20,000 strong and growing. Almost as big as my hometown of

And our voices are being heard. The Speaker of the House and the Senate
President have just appointed a committee to consider a special session
to repeal the gas tax increase that began January 1

They may think they can bury the gas tax repeal in committee. But not
if we keep the heat on them.

I hope you will do three things today

If you would, please ask your friends and associates to go to the
website stopthegastaxhike.com to sign our Petition asking the Legislature to
repeal their gas tax increase.

And also get the phone numbers on our website for Governor Easley,
Speaker Black and Senate President Basnight. According to press reports,
they want us to keep paying higher gas taxes. Your phone call could make
a difference

Finally, when the Legislative Committee meets on xxx, I will be
formally presenting our Petitions to the Legislature during a press Conference
in Raleigh. I want to invite you to join me. The event will be held at

In advertisements, on talk radio and through newspaper interviews,
we’re spreading the facts.

We pay the nation’s 5th highest gas tax.

But because Legislators spend road money for regular government
programs, we drive on the country’s 5th worst roads. The politicians have
raided the Highway Trust Fund for $3.7 billion in the last fifteen years –a
billion dollars in the last four years alone.

This year, state revenues are already $95 million ahead of projections.
You can bet the politicians want to spend this windfall money. I want
to use it to repeal the gas tax increase while holding our highway fund

Isn’t it time they stopped wasting our money on Teapot Museum?

Repealing the gas tax increase will help families and small business.
And the fact the legislative committee is even considering the issue is
a result of our efforts.

Let’s stay on offense.

Ask your friends to go to stopthegastaxhike.com to sign our Petition.
And please join me in Raleigh on xxx if you can make it

Good government can prevail when good people get involved. Thanks for
getting involved.

Bill Graham
North Carolina Conservatives United


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