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Senate matches House, gives tax bill initial consent

Just hours after the House, the N.C. Senate voted 32-17 to give preliminary approval to a tax deal. The talking points echoed the House but the Senate gave the bill a more thorough discussion.

Republicans leading the effort said the legislation would boost the state’s economy and give every taxpayer a break once its fully implemented. Democrats argued that the wealthiest will get the bulk of the tax cuts, while lower- and middle-class taxpayers may see tax hikes.

Senate leader Phil Berger, an Eden Republican, said it is a start toward broad-based reform that will help reduce the state's fifth-highest-in-the-nation jobless rate. But state Sen. Josh Stein, a Raleigh Democrat, countered saying it doesn't represent tax reform. "Y'all left it behind," he said. "This represents tax breaks for the wealthy and out of state corporations."


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