From the Hendersonville Lightning:
State Rep. Chuck McGrady said Saturday he plans to resign from his House seat next month before taking a seat on the North Carolina Board of Transportation. . .
McGrady has a substantial portfolio in road planning and transportation policy. He served on the Georgia Board of Transportation, was chair of the French Broad MPO, which guides transporation planning on a regional basis, and served on a statewide committee that looked at new ways to fund roadwork and other infrastructure. . .
When the NCDOT overspent its budget by $700 million, the state auditor laid blame in part on lax board oversight. The board had lost some of its management authority around 20 years ago amid complaints of political influence in road project prioritization. The new board is designed for more oversight of management and finances. . .