Legislators Meet To Deal With Transportation Spending

Governor Easley and legislative leaders are meeting today to figure out how to deal with a $65 billion funding shortfall for transportation needs over the next two decades.

Easley is meeting with House Speaker Joe Hackney and Senate leader Marc Basnight about creating a special committee to examine the state's transportation needs and recommend changes.

The General Assembly adjourned earlier this month without finding ways to narrow the shortfall. Lawmakers said they couldn't reach agreements on new revenue sources, working instead on phasing out Medicaid expenses for counties and giving them new tax options.

Legislators aren't expected back in Raleigh until May, unless Easley orders lawmakers back for a special session. Easley has said a special session doesn't make sense.