Transportation

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    Tax-free life in NC isn’t enough for Amazon? I know! Let’s change our entire system of transportation.

    Not only does Amazon require tax incentives beyond anything North Carolina currently offers — 25 years' of tax refunds is insufficient! — but also it wants a much greater mass transit system than ours, or Atlanta's for that matter.
    Jon Sanders, September 21, 2017
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    An economics lesson for Gov. Roy Cooper

    The governor’s office announces the following: Price Gouging Law Now in Effect Statewide Earlier today, Gov. Cooper also signed Executive Order No. 18, declaring an abnormal market disruption for gasoline in North Carolina based on the temporary shutdown of Texas and Louisiana fuel refineries due to Hurricane Harvey. As a…
    Mitch Kokai, August 31, 2017
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    The Biggest Unreported Story About GOP Governance Since 2010

    From syndicated columnist John Hood, writing in the August issue of Business North Carolina, comes data that may surprise many folks.  The new state budget allocates $3.7 billion in gas and car taxes and fees to highways and other transportation expenditures in 2017-18, with $3.8 billion authorized for 2018-19. That…
    Donna Martinez, August 25, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The daughter of a former U.S. ambassador from North Carolina is suing Twitter. She contends Twitter doesn’t do enough to stop ISIS from using the social media site to plan acts of terrorism. Jon Guze analyzes the Cain v. Twitter lawsuit for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 28, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    While North Carolina’s state government continues to consider new ways to boost the solar energy industry, residents of one Beaufort County community are stepping up their fight against a proposed 600-acre solar project near a local school. Rick Henderson analyzes the Terra Ceia community’s fight for the next edition of…
    Mitch Kokai, June 23, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Kari Travis reports for Carolina Journal Online on Gov. Roy Cooper’s plea to rank-and-file legislative Republicans to reject their leaders’ budget plans. The Daily Journal highlights the N.C. Senate’s recent defense of one of the state’s most worthwhile government reforms.
    Mitch Kokai, June 6, 2017
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    Analysis: House Budget Lifts Cap On State Match For Light Rail Funding

    After previously capping the amount of state funds that can be allocated to regional light rail projects, the House budget lifts the cap entirely. Writes JLF’s Julie Tisdale: Last year, the General Assembly capped the percentage of state funding for light rail projects.  According to that provision, state…
    Donna Martinez, June 5, 2017
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    Exclusive To Carolina Journal: Top House Budget Writer Nelson Dollar Talks Spending, Education, Transportation

    Reporter Kari Travis has an in-depth Q&A with Rep. Nelson Dollar of Wake County. Among the questions to, and answers from, one of the top budget writers in the House: Q: What makes you most proud in this budget? What is not in it that you regret…
    Donna Martinez, June 1, 2017