Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis is the latest Republican to express reservations about a plan to eliminate the state's income taxes.
In an interview with News 14, Tillis said he wants to move on a tax overhaul but "the question is how do you get there and can you possibly in five months unwind 50 years of taxation." On the issue, Tillis put himself "somewhere between where the budget director and where the Senate are in terms of how you do it.
Top Senate Republicans are pushing the plan to abolish the personal and corporate income taxes and increase the state sales tax to 8.05 percent from 4.75 percent. It also includes a 1.05 percent tax on every businesses earnings, with a $500 minimum. But earlier this week Art Pope, the governor's budget director, expressed personal concerns about the plan -- a strong signal that it may not survive in its conceptual form.