State Senate Republicans Name Likely Finance Leaders

Two veteran Republicans are poised to lead the North Carolina Senate committee that writes tax laws.

A spokesman for Senate leader nominee Phil Berger confirmed Monday that Sens. Fletcher Hartsell and Bob Rucho will share the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee. The jobs are contingent on Berger winning the leader's post Jan. 26. That's expected because the GOP now holds a majority in the chamber.

Hartsell is a Concord lawyer who came to the Senate in 1991. He was one of the few GOP committee chairmen when Democrats controlled the Senate. Rucho is a Charlotte-area dentist who first came to the Senate in 1997. He left for about three years before returning in 2008. He's also the expected Senate redistricting chief.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 at 06:25 PM
    What a joke, their party finances were in the tank until big business got into their pockets. I wonder what they will do when its time to pay the piper. Look out for higher Insurance,banking,and medical costs.
  • by where is osoc on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:50 AM
    I'm still waiting for all those jobs the super rich are going to create since the tax bill was extended to them at the Republican insistence.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:07 AM
    Finance leaders?? Since when have the Republicans been able to lead anything in America? I hope it's not the same one's that sent America into a recession during Bush's 8 years
  • by James Location: New Bern on Jan 3, 2011 at 01:45 PM
    Barlow heres and idea, being poor people don't pay taxes at all, keep off the roads, don't call the police, don't call the fire department, keep your kids out of the public schools, don't use the parks and PLEASE if any of you are getting Medicare or Social Security, Stop!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 3, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    Barlow....what? Is there some part of owing 13 trillion you didn't hear about? I suggest you do the same as the democrats...spend until you have no more and match them up to two million dollars more....you really have no idea about that government thing do you? Chinese awaits our payment....Obama is still spending....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Lets hope they have the courage to ignore political correctness and do the hard changes necessary. Be true to the taxpayers.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Jan 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    Heres a good idea....Since Republicans don't want to pay taxes, keep off the roads, don't call the police, don't call the fire department, keep your kids out of the public schools, don't use the parks and PLEASE if any of you are getting Medicare or Social Security, Stop!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jan 3, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    Here's a good idea.... Since Democrats are so generous with tax money and love to give it away, why don't we tax Democrats at twice the rate of Rupublicans? After all, isn't the GOP blamed for not helping the poor and cutting short education along with all the other social ills of our society? Dems should be much more generous with their OWN money. There is NOTHING stopping you from giving your money to non-profit charities!
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