Transportation

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    Budget Basics: What are the Highway Fund and Highway Trust Funds?

    This is one of a series of blog posts to help understand common budget terms. State transportation funding does not go through the General Fund. Historically, the money went through the Highway Fund. In 1989, the Highway Trust Fund was created to finance major construction projects. Together, they receive the…
    Joseph Coletti, January 17, 2018
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    The future of self-driving cars

    Melissa Quinn of the Washington Examiner details the latest developments in the push for self-driving vehicles. For auto manufacturers, technology experts, and lawmakers, 2018 is shaping up to be the year that paves the way for deployment of self-driving vehicles. Last year, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill…
    Mitch Kokai, January 9, 2018
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    $30 Million Spent and Southport ‘Megaport’ Still Vacant Land

    Would you like to own 600 acres of waterfront land in Southport? The State of North Carolina already does, having spent $30 million to buy the land for a massive cargo facility dubbed the ‘megaport.’ Problem is, the land is still vacant and its value is about half of…
    Donna Martinez, December 11, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    More than a decade after the N.C. Ports Authority bought 600 acres for a “megaport” in Southport, the land remains vacant. Its value stands at half of the 2006 purchase price. Rick Henderson discusses the latest megaport developments for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Terry…
    Mitch Kokai, December 8, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Linsday Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on a Raleigh school PTA’s controversial decision to urge parents to lobby the General Assembly to change its class-size mandate. John Hood’s Daily Journal highlights partisan differences on transit issues and explains why large-scale government spending on public transit is bound…
    Mitch Kokai, December 6, 2017
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    State Agency: We’re Installing GPS In State Vehicles To Increase Tracking

    Upon news of this audit from Beth Wood’s office, as reported by Carolina Journal’s Dan Way: A state Division of Motor Vehicles inspector violated agency policy by improperly collecting pay for a 3 ½-hour daily commute, costing the state $85,000. He attributed his misdeeds to working for “a paramilitary…
    Donna Martinez, November 30, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on the dwindling value of an unused megaport site in Southport. The Daily Journal highlights a national school finance expert’s recommendations for North Carolina to improve its public education funding formula.
    Mitch Kokai, November 28, 2017
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    DOT loses Map Act appeal

    The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled against the N.C. Department of Transportation’s appeal of a 2016 Map Act verdict. That verdict could force DOT to pay millions of dollars in compensation to owners whose property was taken by its inclusion in a state highway corridor map. The three-judge panel…
    Mitch Kokai, November 21, 2017