Tax reform and the budget – the two big issues facing the state legislature – are getting down to brass tacks with the end of the session looming.
The House will hold a rare Friday session to vote on its tax reform plan, passing a bill out of the Appropriations committee that would expand the sales tax but flatten the income tax rate across the board.
House budget subcommittees will also meet early Friday morning to start work on their spending plans.
Meantime, a proposal to speed up fracking is headed for the House floor, while Senate lawmakers want to study whether the state should buy Oregon Inlet from the federal government.
WRAL Capitol Bureau Chief Laura Leslie and Investigative Reporter Mark Binker have the details.