Tax reform rolling down the tracks
RALEIGH -- After New Year's Day, the tax reform train in North Carolina will surely start rolling on down the tracks.
It remains to been seen whether the track around the bend will support its weight.
In years past, the train always got de-railed, one way or the other.
Former Gov. Mike Easley appointed a couple of panels to study changing the state's tax structure, but pretty much abandoned the effort as the budgetary pressures created by the 2000 recession eased.
Democrats in the state Senate, led by Charlotte's Dan Clodfelter, took up the cause, but never got too far.
At one point, current Gov. Beverly Perdue called tax reform a "huge must-do for me."
By 2010, it had slid onto her not-to-do list.
Now, another Charlottean, Republican state Sen. Bob Rucho, has become the big champion of ...