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Legislature Takes Action on Schools Paying Tax

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Rep. Paul Leubke
RALEIGH — As WRAL-TV5 first reported last week, NorthCarolinaschools are paying millions of dollars in state taxes while otherorganizations and agencies do not. BretBaier's special reports prompted a flood of viewer response. Now thoseconcerned citizens are stirring debate in the General Assembly.

While there is a long way to go before the bill becomes law, the powerfulHouse Finance Committee looked favorably on a sales tax exemption forschools.

The committee's presentation was unusual. Representative's watchedWRAL's report on a television set. Representative Fern Shubert, sponsor ofthe bill, showed the reports to gather support.

Representative Paul Luebke (D, Durham) opposes the bill. He says he hasconcerns about exempting schools from the tax.

Despite some opposition, the bill cruised past the committee and willnow go to the House floor.

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