What Could Possibly Be Wrong With a “Taxpayer Protection Act?” (SB 607)
Representative Paul Stam
The 2015 NC GOP platform (Article II) states, “The government should tax only to raise money for its essential functions. We support a thorough review of expenditures each year, and we support a tax payer’s bill of rights.” “Tabor” is the usual acronym for this type of bill, meaning a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights.” A goal I share with proponents of SB 607 is a mechanism that will restrain state government from overspending.
But does SB 607 “Taxpayer Protection Act,” a constitutional Amendment proposed by the Senate in 2015, embody these principles? Does it expand taxpayer rights or constrict them? And why is it a constitutional amendment?
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