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Rucho back in front

Sen. Bob Rucho was back at his usual spot in front of the Senate Finance Committee room Tuesday, the paper nameplate identifying him as chairman. The Matthews Republican who tried to resign his Finance Committee chairmanship in a split with Republican leaders over tax reform said he's resumed his duties as chairman.

"I am back," Rucho said. "I got my problem resolved."

Berger never accepted his resignation, but Rucho removed himself from the chairman's seat and sat with the rest of the committee members for at least one Finance meeting.

Rucho wants to extend sales taxes to goods and services, but is on board with the tax plan House and Senate Republicans and Gov. Pat McCrory agreed to, which is essentially a cut in personal and corporate income tax rates.

The bill is "the first step toward comprehensive tax reform," which Rucho described as "a consumption-based tax on goods and services" and an income tax rate of zero, like Tennessee, Florida and Texas.


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