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No NC Governor's Candidates Eager To Raise Taxes For Transportation Costs

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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