Transportation

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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
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    Turns out people just prefer to drive

    It was published a couple weeks ago, but this article from The Charlotte Observer is just perfect.  Under the title, Charlotte’s light rail was supposed to change our attitude about cars. It hasn’t. Ely Portillo talks about the fact that, despite the millions spent on rail, developments around the line…
    Julie Tisdale, May 19, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Dan Way reports for Carolina Journal Online on the challenges a new Democratic governor presents to Republican legislative budget writers. John Trump’s Daily Journal examines a bill to penalize slow-moving drivers who clog the fast lane.
    Mitch Kokai, May 4, 2017
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    Unanimous N.C. Appeals Court panel rules against I-77 toll lane critics

    A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower-court ruling against WidenI77, a group opposing the N.C. Department of Transportation’s planned toll lanes on a section of I-77 north of Charlotte. A trial judge had dismissed the toll lane critics’ arguments that the law allowing…
    Mitch Kokai, May 2, 2017
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    Barron’s editorial page editor turns to dead economists in addressing United scandal

    Thomas Donlan of Barron’s explains how two noted economists might have responded to the current United Airlines controversy. If Alfred E. Kahn and Julian Simon were alive today, they would be spinning in their graves—along with thousands of other economists who spent their lives preaching the…
    Mitch Kokai, April 17, 2017