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The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from North Carolinians regarding their transportation priorities as part of its efforts to implement the state’s new Strategic Transportation Investments law.

Signed into law by Gov. McCrory last summer, House Bill 817 “Strategic Transportation Investments,” overhauls the way North Carolina funds transportation improvements, allowing NCDOT to make more efficient use of its existing revenues to fund more investments that improve the state’s transportation infrastructure, create jobs and help boost the economy.

The law establishes the Strategic Mobility Formula, which uses a data-driven approach to provide more flexibility in funding transportation improvements on the statewide, regional and division level with the goal of meeting the state’s top priorities while still addressing individualized local needs.

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Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) has released a statement after being selected to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s newly-established special panel on the use of and opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) across all modes of transportation, economic development, public buildings, water and maritime infrastructure and equipment.

The panel will examine the current state of public-private partnerships in the United States to identify: (1) the role P3s play in development and delivery of transportation and infrastructure projects in the U.S., and on the U.S. economy; (2) if/how these partnerships enhance delivery and management of transportation and infrastructure projects beyond the capabilities of government agencies or the private sector acting independently; and (3) how to balance the needs of the public and private sectors when considering, developing and implementing P3 projects. It will also play a crucial role in the reauthorization of surface transportation programs, which the Committee plans to develop this year.

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Funds from wrongdoers will go to fight fraud, improve health care in N.C.

Projects to protect North Carolina consumers, improve health care, and fight fraud against seniors, military personnel and veterans are now eligible for up to $4.5 million in grants, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced recently.

“When scams and shady businesses target North Carolinians, our goal is to stop the harm and try to win money back for consumers whenever possible,” Cooper said. “We’ve also won money from wrongdoers that can help worthy projects in North Carolina through these grants.”

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If you’re a retiree receiving a pension, beware of a new scam: offers that claim to let you borrow against your pension without actually taking out a loan. Pension advance companies promises retirees quick access to cash. The catch? You’re signing over the rights to your pension — often for years.

Recently, North Carolinians have been filing complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division about pension advance companies. These companies disguise high-interest rate loans as pension advances, with fees and interest rates often exceeding 100 percent of the amount borrowed. One military retiree received an “advance” of $10,000 but must pay back more than $25,000 from his future pension payments.

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