Together NC, a coalition of more than 100 non profits, businesses, unions and trade associations, proposed $1 billion in sales and state income tax increases to restore job and program cuts.
The proposal goes beyond the 3/4-cent sales tax increase Gov. Bev Perdue proposed last week. Together NC suggested raising the sales tax by one penny and adding an 8.5 percent tax bracket for households earning more than $1 million a year.
The ideas have no chance in the Republican-led legislature, which last year batted away any suggestions to keep part of a temporary sales tax increase.
"We're not here because we try to do the politically easy thing," said Louisa Warren, a Together NC coordinator.