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State Legislators Sign 'No-Tax Pledge'

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Americans for Prosperity said 24 of the 170 legislators have signed a pledge to "oppose and vote against any and all tax increases" during the 2005 legislative session.

The list, which includes only Republicans, was unveiled at a news conference at the Legislative Building on Tuesday.

AFP North Carolina director Chris Neeley said the signed pledges indicate the lawmakers' "personal commitment to holding the line on taxes" in the state.

The number of signers is much lower than those on similar no-tax lists in the past and present.

Citizens for a Sound Economy got 79 of the 170 members to sign a pledge for the 2001 session.

Americans for Tax Reform records 49 on its Web site for this year.

The AFP announcement comes as Senate Democrats are negotiating what new or extended taxes they will be proposing to balance the budget for the next two years.

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