- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina Senate has pushed back debate on a Republican proposal to secure recent tax reforms in the state constitution.

The Senate delayed a previously scheduled debate Wednesday on a constitutional amendment to cap the state’s income tax at 5.5 percent. A constitutional amendment requires three-fifths approval of each chamber of the General Assembly to submit the proposal to voters this November.

The proposal builds on GOP tax reforms designed to lower income tax rates and place greater reliance on sales taxes.

Senate Democrats say the legislation ultimately harms lower-income citizens who will receive less from the cuts and will not be able to afford higher taxes on goods and services.

Republican Sen. Tom Apodaca of Henderson County says the proposal will be revisited later this month.

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