Three dozen organizations are involved with a new coalition designed to build support for extending an extra penny on North Carolina's sales tax to prevent deep cuts to public schools and services.
The tax is scheduled to expire at the end of June
The Quality Schools Coalition scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon on the grounds of the old Capitol building in downtown Raleigh. Representatives of four statewide organizations involved were scheduled to speak.
Keeping the sales tax would preserve more than $1 billion in revenues. Republicans are adamant about letting the tax expire, saying it was a promise legislators made to North Carolina citizens in 2009.
The extra penny sets the sales tax floor consumers must pay on purchases at 7.75 percent. Many counties have slightly higher rates.