NC Senate Blocks Counties From Helping Teachers
As the NC General Assembly fails to strike a deal on a budget, leaving thousands of teachers in limbo, the NC Senate is limiting some counties ability to fill the void left by the General Assembly. The Charlotte Observer has the story,
Larger counties that already have higher sales tax rates say they would be unfairly limited by the measure.
Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat, said the measure targets four urban counties – Mecklenburg, Wake, Guilford and Forsyth – that could exceed the 2.5 percent cap if they enact transit taxes.
The bill allows Orange and Durham counties to continue levying the 2.75 percent sales taxes they already have in place.
“A ‘level playing field’ doesn’t exist because Orange and Durham counties already have a 2.75 percent tax,” Stein said.