The gulf between Republicans in the House and Senate on the tax bill opened wide Tuesday.
The Senate debuted a measure that would prohibit North Carolina towns and cities from charging local businesses privilege taxes in 2015 – not just cap it at $100 as the House proposed.
It would cost cities a combined $62 million a year, a legislative fiscal analysis suggest, far more than the House measure that many local leaders oppose.
It won approval in a rare late Senate Finance Committee meeting. The measure also creates a new excise tax on the nicotine cartridges for electronic cigarettes and eliminates a House tax break for people who buy manufactured or modular homes.