Four GOP lawmakers weigh in on streetcar controversy
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CHARLOTTE -- Tension between Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Gov. Pat McCrory continue over the proposed streetcar extension and now state GOP leaders are getting in on the debate.
Four Republicans are defending McCrory's comments on the streetcar project. Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews and Rep. Frank Iler of Brunswick County, who co-chair the Transportation Committee, and Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County and Rep. Phil Shepherd of Onslow County, who co-chair the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation sent a letter to the Charlotte Observer. They're accusing the mayor of bad faith and suggesting that the state may now reconsider funding other transportation projects in the city.
Foxx is pushing for the $119 million streetcar project that would run from west Charlotte to Eastland Mall. He says the project is instrumental to the revitilization of the city. The proposal calls for property taxes to be used to pay for the project.
Last week, McCrory made comments against the streetcar plan saying that moving forward with the plan would make it harder to keep state money for the Blue Line extension.
People will have another chance to weigh in on the streetcar extension. There will be a town hall meeting at Johnson C. Smith University in Biddle Hall at 6:30 p.m.