Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)

Love it or hate it, North Carolina this year achieved something the federal government isn’t expected to do any time soon: tax reform.

While Sen. Max Baucus and Rep. David Camp, the Democratic and Republican heads of Congress’s tax-writing committees, lay the foundation for federal tax reform with their “Max and Dave” national tour, states like North Carolina have already debated and passed tax reform of their own. Chalk it up to whatever you want—an easier time getting the message across, an easier political climate, fewer vested interests or more urgency—but plenty of tax changes are underway at the state level.