A proposed financial and governing overhaul for North Carolina’s Department of Transportation received unanimous state Senate approval this week even though it would lessen Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s control of the DOT board.
The measure, which now goes to the House after more Senate floor debate on Friday, locates over $600 million in spending cuts during the next fiscal year to deal with a cash shortage. The Board of Transportation also would undergo a significant change by allowing legislative leaders to choose some positions on the panel. Currently, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper picks all 19 members. . .
The bill’s authors located more transportation funds through retooled debt options and by keeping the state motor fuels tax from falling as scheduled in early 2021. But the legislation also directs one-time cuts next year, with public transportation taking a big hit at over $76 million. . .