NC lawmakers discuss long-term road-funding proposal

NC lawmakers discuss long-term road-funding proposal (Image 1)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A proposed solution to North Carolina’s long-term transportation funding shortfall also would address short-term needs by earmarking most new revenues through 2020 to paving roads, improving state ports and repairing bridges.

The House Transportation Committee debated legislation Tuesday filed by the panel’s chairmen. The measure would reduce the state’s gasoline tax from 36 cents to 30 cents but also increase Division of Motor Vehicle fees by 50 percent and raise the car sales tax from 3 percent to 4 percent.

Panel members generally praised the work of Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County and co-sponsors. But Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and insurance industry lobbyists opposed a new premium tax on all auto policies. Torbett said he would remove the insurance provision but didn’t rule out inserting a similar tax later.

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