- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Latest on the two major-party candidates for North Carolina governor speaking to a small-business organization (all times local):

4:55 p.m.

The major-party candidates for North Carolina governor are criticizing the Legislature for taxing car repairs and other services as a new burden for small businesses trying to grow after the Great Recession.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke Wednesday to about 100 small business owners and lobbyists.

Both touted their accomplishments in office and took swipes at their opponent before touching on new sales taxes that have riled members of the state’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson says small-business owners object to being pressed into service as tax collectors. Thompson says if reduced corporate and personal income taxes need to be offset by higher sales taxes, lawmakers should also tax legal and accounting services.

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6:10 a.m.

The major-party candidates for North Carolina governor are criticizing the Legislature for taxing car repairs and other services as a new burden for small businesses trying to grow after the Great Recession.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke Wednesday to about 100 small business owners and lobbyists.

Both touted their accomplishments in office and took swipes at their opponent before touching on new sales taxes that have riled members of the state’s chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.

NFIB State Director Gregg Thompson says small-business owners object to being pressed into service as tax collectors. He says if lawmakers want need sales tax increases to make up for reduced corporate and personal income taxes, they should also tax lawyers and accounting services.

The major-party candidates for North Carolina governor will talk with small-business owners about their ideas for helping them.

Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper are among the speakers scheduled for Small Business Day on Wednesday, which was organized by the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest also will speak to the midday crowd of NFIB members meeting for lunch inside at a Raleigh skyscraper.

The NFIB has 7,500 dues-paying members in North Carolina.

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