Would we be the first? Update on NC Constitutional amendments being considered

You may have heard, the General Assembly is considering  putting 4 new constitutional amendments before the voters in November. It’s all in House Bill 3. Would we be the first to consider these changes to our state’s constitution?

Prohibit condemnation of private property except for a public use?

NC is the only state in the country without an explicit takings-clause in its state constitution.

Provide for taxpayer protections that establish a state emergency savings reserve fund?

15 states have constitutionalized their rainy-day funds and required excess state revenue to be deposited in it.

Reduce the maximum income tax rate to five and one-half percent from ten percent?

Georgia became the first state to constitutionally cap personal income tax in 2014. Theirs is capped at 6%.

Protect the right of the people to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife?

19 states have passed hunting-and-fishing amendments, with Kansas and Indiana voting this November to likely make it 21 states with such amendments.


Becki Gray / Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Outreach

Becki Gray is Senior Vice President of the John Locke Foundation. She provides information, consultation, and publications to elected officials, government staff and other dec...