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Lawmakers Offer Three Competing Tax Reform Plans

State Senate chamber
Dave DeWitt
N.C. General Assembly

State lawmakers have formally laid out three competing plans to reform North Carolina's tax code.

They've filed three bills that would all lower sales and income tax rates. The measures would all expand the sales tax base by broadening it to include more services. But each plan features different details.

Republican Senator Bob Rucho says the plan he's sponsoring is ideal because it will add sales taxes to a wide variety of services, rather than just a few.

"If you're going to do the lawn people, and the haircuts and the like, you need to be able to do the white collar ones just as much, cause it's everybody is treated the same. If you say that one group is exempted, then it's not fair to the others," said Rucho.

Another tax reform bill in the Senate chamber would also lower personal income taxes but add the sales tax to fewer services. It's closer to a third plan put forth by Republican leaders in the House.

Lawmakers haven't yet voted on any plans in committee meetings.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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