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Grover Norquist Weighs In On NC Tax Reform

7:51 AM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform speakst at the legislative building flanked by Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and Dallas Woodhouse of Americans for Prosperity. Courtesy WRAL.
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Raleigh, NC (WRAL) -- One of the fiercest and best known anti-tax campaigners in the country has lent his support to the North Carolina Senate's tax reform efforts.

Grover Norquist, the head of Americans Tax Reform and a veteran of tax reform efforts going back 30 years, spoke at a news conference Thursday morning saying that North Carolina would do well to follow the tax reform measure outlined by Senate leaders. 

Broadly speaking, the Senate plan would lower income and sales tax rates while applying sales taxes to items and services that currently aren't taxed. However, the Senate has not put out a bill or the accompanying legislative analysis that would allow for a full examination of the plan.

The Senate plan is roughly "revenue neutral," meaning it will raise the same amount of money, or a bit less, than the current tax system overall.

However, some tax taxpayers will pay more in sales taxes than they save in lower income tax rates. 

Norquist, who is famous for eliciting "anti-tax pledges" from lawmakers, said it was acceptable for some individuals to pay more in taxes as along as overall tax collections go down. 

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