- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House has agreed to restrain an impending cut in the state’s gasoline tax to keep money flowing to road and bridge projects.

House lawmakers on Thursday approved letting the gas tax fall from the current 37.5 cents per gallon rate to 36 cents for the rest of 2015. Doing nothing would have meant the tax pegged to wholesale gas prices would likely drop below 30 cents per gallon, according to legislative analysts.

Some Democrats branded the legislation a tax increase.

The measure now returns to the state Senate, which voted last month to cut the tax to 35 cents through the end of 2015 and make that the floor under a reworked formula. The Senate can go along with the House’s changes or start negotiating final language.

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