In her new proposed budget, Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue generally agrees with transportation proposals aired by House Republicans last week to put a cap on the state gas tax and to postpone new and increased ferry tolls for a year.
Ferries: Perdue angered legislators in February when she refused to start collecting new tolls on two toll-free ferry routes, and higher rates on three tolled routes, as ordered in the state budget last year. She cited economic hardship in ferry-dependent coastal communities. Republicans sharply criticized Perdue but shied away from fighting her on this. Both budget drafts, theirs and now hers, would put off the new tolls until July 2013.
But there's a difference here: What to do about the additional $2.5 million in toll collections that had been expected in the budget? ... [MORE]