High Point chamber pushes for US transportation spending

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(Credit: highpointchamber.org)

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Businesses boosters are calling attention to the jobs at stake when Congress considers spending $260 billion over more than four years for transportation projects.

Members of the North Carolina and High Point chambers of commerce are meeting Thursday in High Point to drum up support for transportation bills on Capitol Hill.

The bill has drawn fire for requiring that all money raised through federal fuel taxes be spent on highway programs, denying a guaranteed portion that has gone to pay for mass transit since the Reagan administration.

Other lawmakers are concerned with provisions that would allow oil and gas drilling off the East, West and Florida Gulf coasts and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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