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McCrory said everything is still on table on tax overhaul

Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday he was weighing four or five tax overhaul plans but had not made a decision in which one to support.

“I will be playing a major role as chief executive in determining which tax reform model we will go after,” McCrory told a town hall meeting of the N.C. League of Municipalities.

He said it important that North Carolina be competitive in its taxes compared to surrounding states.

Later he told reporters, “we are looking at many different plans at this point in time. There are so many variables at this point, I am not at the point ready to make that decision.''

“At a minimum, I want to be competitive with our neighboring states,” he said. “But I also want to be realistic about what we can and can not implement. I am looking at every single plan, out of the Senate and the House and probably out of the governor's office too.''

McCrory said he did not think his his budget director Art Pope on Wednesday, was discounting the possibility of of abolishing the corporate and personal income taxes and replacing it with a sales tax. He said he thought Pope was being neutral, weighing the pros and the cons.

“He talked about all options,” McCrory said.

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