Transportation Panel Agrees New Taxes, Fees Needed

The head of a state panel says it's now up to North Carolina residents to persuade lawmakers to improve the state's transportation system.

The 21st Century Transportation Committee gave final approval Wednesday to a list of recommendations for the General Assembly to consider when it reconvenes next month.

Many of the recommendations are related to raising or creating taxes and fees, and issuing bonds. There's an estimated $65 billion gap between transportation revenues and needs in North Carolina through 2030.

Commission chairman Brad Wilson said citizens should get involved and pressure legislators to pay attention to the report. Legislators have said the bad economy will make it hard for them politically to approve more revenues in 2009.

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