North Carolina's sales tax would be capped at 7.25 percent in most of the state under a plan tentatively approved by the Senate on Wednesday afternoon.
The proposal would make it easier for most counties to raise sales taxes to the limit. It would also pull back the ability some counties currently have to implement raises above that limit.
The purpose is to even out sales taxes and create fairness between populous and not-so populous areas, bill supporters say.
Sen. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph), says many people in rural places don't spend their money there.