As budget writers finish drafting next year’s budget for legislative consideration, one fact from the Carolina Partnership for Reform’s recent poll stands out: 83% of voters support a middle class tax cut that raises the standard deduction so the first $17,500 of family income is tax free.

When 83% of people agree on anything, Legislators should sit up and take notice.

Last year, conservatives in the Senate passed a dramatic increase in the standard deduction. But the plan got watered down in conference committee. This year, House and Senate conservatives need to get on the same page and deliver what 83% of the voters support: $17,500 of family income tax free.