Budget and Tax Center
The proposed constitutional amendment would limit state spending increases based on population growth and inflation. Opponents say it could hurt the ability of the state to manage debt and deal with climbing health care costs.
Senate leaders say their bill would expand sales taxes to many services as well as prescription drugs. Income taxes rates would drop, but some families would end up paying more in taxes.
Education advocates, state employees and advocates for the poor expressed concern Wednesday for various provisions in Gov. Pat McCrory's $20.6 billion spending proposal for the coming year.