Transportation

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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
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    What Is Special Indebtedness and Why Is It Expensive?

    The proposed Build NC debt for road construction is not a General Obligation bond, which would require a vote of the people to pledge the full faith and credit of the state. Instead, it would be paid entirely with revenue from the gas tax, highway use tax (the sales tax on…
    Joseph Coletti, June 5, 2018
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    JLF’s Becki Gray: Don’t Take on New Debt Without First Asking Taxpayers

    It’s called the N.C. Build of Act of 2018, and it’s generating analysis from JLF’s Becki Gray, and questions for every North Carolinian. Introduced last week as Senate Bill 758 and House Bill 1010, the proposal is for a 10-year, $3-billion bond for road construction across the state.
    Donna Martinez, June 4, 2018
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Don Carrington reports for Carolina Journal Online on a bank’s questionable renewable energy claims. Becki Gray’s Daily Journal raises concerns about a plan to pursue a $3 billion statewide road construction bond without voter approval.
    Mitch Kokai, June 4, 2018
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    Transportation bond plan

    The legislature is considering a 10-year ,$3 billion bond plan for road construction across the state. That is a lot of money, and voters (read: taxpayers) will not have a say in its final approval, which could add as much as $300 million in new debt each year. Putting a…
    Joseph Coletti, June 1, 2018
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    Trump Budget Doles Out Cash To Orange/Durham Light Rail

    The folks at Indyweek.com are very excited about the behemoth budget deal signed into law by President Trump. Why? Because despite talk that the president would cut funding to transit projects, the opposite occurred. That means federal funding for the Triangle’s proposed Durham/Orange light rail project.   The omnibus…
    Donna Martinez, April 5, 2018