Gov. Perdue wants $1.5 billion in new N.C. taxes

Gov. Beverly Perdue told legislative leaders Tuesday that she wants the state budget that begins July 1 to include $1.5 billion in new taxes.

"We sort of rolled our eyes and took a deep breath," said Sen. David Hoyle, a Gaston County Democrat and co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who attended the meeting.

The request would be double the new taxes included in the budget the House passed last week. Lawmakers have been struggling with a balance of spending cuts and tax increases.

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