Gov. Beverly Perdue told legislative leaders Tuesday that she wants the state budget that begins July 1 to include $1.5 billion in new taxes.
The request would be double the new taxes included in the budget the House passed last week. Lawmakers have been struggling with a balance of spending cuts and tax increases.
Hoyle cautioned, though, that Perdue's figure is not far flung. A tax plan that he and other Democratic senators are drafting would raise nearly $1 billion next year and $1.4 billion the following year by lowering the sales, income and corporate tax rates but expanding the sales tax to include some services not currently taxed.