After new road plan, McCrory, legislators grapple in 2015 with how to pay for other projects



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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Gov. Pat McCrory and North Carolina legislators have patted themselves on the back for new transportation funding methods they approved last year they say takes out politics of decision-making and focuses more on reducing congestion and creating jobs.

New political pressure is coming to GOP lawmakers and the Republican governor in 2015 to fix a funding gap between transportation revenues and needs over the next generation that's in the tens of billions of dollars. McCrory says he'll offer options and a recommendation early next year.

McCrory is keeping quiet about his ideas save for borrowing at least $1 billion. State government proposals from previous Democratic leaders included higher fees and taxes.

Likely 2015 House Speaker Tim Moore says he's not interested in raising taxes and wants to focus on efficiencies.

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