FACTSHEET: Analysis of Senate Bill 817

By Alexandra Forter Sirota
Director, Budget & Tax Center
June 2016

A state constitutional amendment proposed in the North Carolina Senate would seriously limit our state’s ability to meet the needs of its people and respond to crises in the future. 

Senate Bill 817 would put in the constitution a provision preventing the rate of the state income tax from ever being increased. Of the 41 states that have an income tax, only Georgia has taken the drastic step of using its constitution to thwart any potential rate increase.

This proposal has severe consequences for North Carolina’s future prosperity and the democratic process.

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