Almost $200M for non-highway expenditures

NC lawmakers changed the gas tax so they would collect more revenue in upcoming years and eventually charge more at the pump.  Under the category of ‘Intermodal Divisions’ the state budget spends $191.4 million in the first year and $186.9 million in the second in this division.  What exactly is intermodal?  This includes aviation, rail, ferry, public transportation, bicycle, and pedestrian.  These forms of transportation should not be funded with the gas tax, but user fees.  Unfortunately, we will be paying more at the pump in the near future as these forms of non-highway transportation continue to get gas tax funds.  Here is the breakdown to show you exactly which areas are getting the most funding.

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Sarah Curry

Sarah Curry is Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at the John Locke Foundation.