Transportation

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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on Wilson’s consideration of taxpayer-funded microtransit. John Hood’s Daily Journal contrasts the major parties’ approach to the size and scope of government.
    Mitch Kokai, August 20, 2018
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    Trump’s fuel-economy changes will have insignificant climate impact

    Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute takes aim at recent criticism of the Trump administration’s proposed changes in federal auto fuel-efficiency standards. In a recent article in Energy and Environment News, several prominent climate scientists bash the Trump administration’s proposed rollback of the Obama administration’s Corporate Average…
    Mitch Kokai, August 13, 2018
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    LISTEN HERE: Head Locke Episode 24: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

    Listen here to Head Locke podcast episode 24 for a discussion on transportation with special guest, summer intern Evan Norfleet. Few things affect our daily life more than transportation. And the N.C. Department of Transportation spends billions in taxpayer dollars every year to ensure that the state’s transportation infrastructure…
    Anna Manning, August 9, 2018
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    Restoring more freedom to automakers

    Editors at National Review Online urge the Trump administration to “free the carmakers” from overly burdensome CAFE standards and a special California rule. The Trump administration has proposed two major changes to federal vehicle regulations. First, it seeks to abandon its predecessor’s 2012 plan to nearly double cars’…
    Mitch Kokai, August 7, 2018
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    Weakening Obama emissions rules

    Josh Siegel of the Washington Examiner describes Trump administration efforts to roll back Obama-era emissions restrictions. The Trump administration moved Thursday to replace strict Obama-era fuel efficiency standards for vehicles with weaker ones, claiming that less stringent mandates would make cars more affordable and safer. The Environmental Protection…
    Mitch Kokai, August 3, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello and Kari Travis report for Carolina Journal Online about property owners who are still waiting for the N.C. Department of Transportation to pay them for takings linked to the Map Act. The Daily Journal explains why a voter identification requirement would place North Carolina squarely within…
    Mitch Kokai, June 19, 2018
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    A fresh look at American highways

    Robert Poole writes at National Review Online about the need to rethink the way America treats its highways. It’s not hard to see that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way we fund and manage the highways we all depend on. Highways are one of our basic…
    Mitch Kokai, June 13, 2018
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    Carolina Journal Reports: Build NC Bond Act of 2018: $3 billion added to state debt, no say from voters

    The Build NC Bond Act of 2018 will add $3 billion in state debt for transportation projects. Disregarding multiple warnings from state Treasurer Dale Folwell, the legislation has gone through both House and Senate committees with bipartisan support. Despite it’s name, the borrowing will not be in the form of…
    Anna Manning, June 6, 2018