State Senator Eyes Changes To Government Parking Perk

A Raleigh senator wants to encourage the use of public transportation in the capitol city. Democrat Janet Cowell says for 30 years it's been so easy for state government workers to park downtown in reserved parking spaces that they don't use public transportation.

About 74-hundred state government workers in downtown Raleigh
pay just ten to 15 dollars per month for reserved parking.

Cowell estimates taxpayers are subsidizing government parking spaces by about 65 dollars apiece each month, based on commercial
rates.

Lawmakers are considering Cowell's plan to still give lawmakers
reserved parking facilities, but --not-- individual spaces. She hopes that will open up extra spaces from those that go unused each day.

State workers are campaigning to preserve their parking perk.


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