NC Roads 65 Billion Short For Next Governor

Although North Carolina is an estimated $65 billion short of the money it needs to fix its roads, none of the major-party candidates for governor want to use taxes or fees to make up the difference.

Recent surveys and interviews with The Associated Press show the
candidates will rely on accountability and improvements in
bureaucratic efficiency to put the state's roads back in good
shape.

Many of the candidates took aim at the state Board of
Transportation. Current board members have given hundreds of
thousands of dollars to state political campaigns since 2000.
Democratic candidate Richard Moore has made an issue of his pledge
to bar board members from taking part in political fundraising.

Charlotte Republican Mayor Pat McCrory says he would appoint
board members who are experts in construction, land-use planning
and business so they can make sound decisions based on the
recommendations of Department of Transportation staff.


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  • by patty on Apr 22, 2008 at 02:58 AM
    what about the high nc tax???? i thought we should have the best highway and road system in the country for how we are getting ripped at the pump. another solution, the excess$$$$ exxon and the oil companies are making can be shared to repair roads. Come on, bush and cheney..cough up the profits from your pockets.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Apr 22, 2008 at 02:32 AM
    Maybe it's time to elect a Republican mojority in the Legislature and a Republican Governor. Then THEY can be blamed for it!
  • by taxpayer Location: nc on Apr 21, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    at least we have the global transpark, thanks bev, thanks mike, where should i send my lungs? by the way, what happened to last years 3 BILLION DOLLAR surplus?? was any of it spent on pay raises for the incompetant parole officers you employ? visit; witn/carolina scanner/news from the triangle abc11/p o faces judge. doesn't it make you proud?
  • by Steve Location: Kinston, NC on Apr 21, 2008 at 09:11 PM
    They could free up some extra cash by using more of the lottery money for school construction instead of more new social programs. Then they could use more of our taxes for what they were intended.
  • by joe stroud Location: MOREHEAD CITY on Apr 21, 2008 at 07:54 PM
    JUST FOR KICKS-WHY DON'T YOU CHECK AND SEE HOW MUCH $ HAS BEEN TAKEN OUT OF THE ROAD FUND AND BEEN PUT BACK INTO THE GENERAL FUND. i KNOW THE ANSWER BUT YOU WILL BE SHOCKED.

    Editor's Note: No shouting, PLEASE.

  • by roy james on Apr 21, 2008 at 06:40 PM
    learn to manage the money they have. stop wastfull spending thank you.
  • by Dewey Location: Greenville on Apr 21, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    Goes to show how great our current governor is. Ooh, Ooh, if we get a lottery, it will help relieve the taxpayers and pay for education. Ooh, ooh, if we have the highest tax rate on fuel, we can have better roads. So Mr. Governor, where is all the money going? I haven't seen a tax cut from the state. All I've seen are cities, counties, and the state continually taxing the hard working people of this state more and more and yet the roads are $65 billion in disrepair. I pray that one of these days, the hardworking, honest taxpayers in this country will wise up to these spend happy, tax raising, good for nothing, politicians.
  • by Greenville resident on Apr 21, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    The candidates always say they are against raising taxes ect but just where do they plan to get $65 billion dollars? No few $1000 here and there is going to make any difference. Come on guys. Be truthful!!
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