RALEIGH — Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Pat McCrory brimmed with optimism early this year about prospects for passing a North Carolina tax-code overhaul that most agree has been needed for decades. Still, they didn't predict smooth sailing.
General Assembly members had seen previous Democratic governors and lawmakers fall short on reform. They couldn't work out hundreds of details or overcome opposition from interest groups that didn't want to get taxed more or lose their prized loopholes.