What a handy piece of legislation HB3 is.
"A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO AMEND THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO PROHIBIT CONDEMNATION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY EXCEPT FOR A PUBLIC USE; TO PROVIDE FOR THE PAYMENT OF JUST COMPENSATION WITH RIGHT OF TRIAL BY JURY IN ALL CONDEMNATION CASES; TO PROVIDE FOR TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS THAT ESTABLISH A STATE EMERGENCY SAVINGS RESERVE FUND; TO REDUCE THE MAXIMUM INCOME TAX RATE TO FIVE AND ONE-HALF PERCENT FROM TEN PERCENT; AND TO PROTECT THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO HUNT, FISH, AND HARVEST WILDLIFE."
Surely our General Assembly doesn't intend to roll all of these unrelated items into one dandy little referendum on the November general election ballots. If so, sandwiching a cap on tax rates, which benefit the wealthy and shift the tax burden onto those who have the least, through sales and property taxes to make up shortfalls in revenue, between items likely to appeal to most political persuasions, is a brilliant way to get liberals and conservatives alike, voting against their own best interests, when they choose to support either of the other subjects addressed in the bill.
Let's hope that a single amendment, bundling all three elements, is not what they have in mind. Referendum on changing our Constitution should address each change separately. Stay tuned to ncgov.org for further developments.
Constitutional Amendments passed by the Senate were not taken up by the House and will not be on the November General Election Ballot, though they may be reconsidered in 2017.