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State Leaders Propose Transportation Funding Changes

NCDOT secretary Tony Tata
Gurnal Scott
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Governor Pat McCrory wants a new method of funding transportation projects in order to spur economic growth.  He says the way the state has approached transportation projects has not favored areas that need an economic boost.

"We have struggled to keep pace with the needs of our growing areas and to bring jobs to our most economic-challenges areas of this state.  So right now it's time to think differently," McCrory says.The new Strategic Mobility Formula he proposes puts state DOT projects in three categories:  state, regional and local.  Transportation Secretary Tony Tata says this would help his department assess and approach the greatest needs first.

"There's always been this competition, but now what it does is elevates it out of 14 separate stovepipes and allows for money to be spent on those most pressing needs," Tata says.

Tata says the new formula could also give more weight to projects that foster commerce.  The legislature has to approve the funding change.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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