Perdue Wants Transportation Department Changes

Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue wants to end the annual transfer of 170 million dollars in highway funding to the state's general operating fund.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate says the money would be better spent for highway and transportation projects. Perdue outlined her transportation plan yesterday in Charlotte.

She also discussed proposals to speed highway construction projects and deal with increasing costs of construction materials.

The transfer of the money started in 1989. Perdue says ending that would help address the 65 billion dollar shortfall in transportation funding expected over the next 20 years.

Her leading Democratic opponent, State Treasurer Richard Moore,
worries that eliminating the transfer would create a hole in the state budget.