Updated Sate Sen. Bob Rucho has resigned his position as co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in a dispute with the Senate's Republican leader over competing tax bills.
The Meckenburg County Republican prepared a detailed tax-reform bill earlier this year. But this week, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger crafted his own plan, calling it a compromise among Rucho's plan, a House plan and what Berger wants to see.
The Associated Press broke the story. Rucho says in his letter he and Berger have a "fundamental disagreement" over the issue.
"It is a huge disappointment that the Governor and the Speaker of the House did not provide the leadership or have the political backbone to fight the special-interest groups," Rucho wrote.
Rucho's bill would expand services subject to sales taxes, which Berger's plan does not.
Rucho spoke briefly with Dome this morning and said he thought a legislative meeting earlier this year with economists showed "a clear pathway" to tax reform, which his bill reflected.
"There just seemed to be a lot of resistance from a lot of special interest groups that would rather have loopholes than fair tax policy," Rucho said.
Update: Berger's office has released a letter in response, in which Berger "respectfully declines to accept" Rucho's resignation.