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DOT spending bill passes state House

A bill overhauling transportation spending across the state was approved by a vote of 102 to 15 in the state House Thursday, indicating broad support for the measure.

The Strategic Transportation Investments bill departs from the funding formula the state has followed since 1989 by putting more emphasis on regional projects that are conducive to job growth, said Rep. William Brawley, a Charlotte Republican who sponsored the measure.

"It's a significant piece of legislation," Brawley said.

The bill would divide the $16 billion anticipated over the next decade into three categories: 30 percent to regional projects, 40 percent to statewide initiatives and 20 percent to local districts.

"The Senate may take our version and run with it or make some changes," Brawley said. "My gut feeling is that they'll keep it pretty much the way way it is."
—Renee Elder

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