Transportation

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    Hey Charlotte: If spending has such great “economic impact,” why hide huge cost overruns?

    My latest article for the American Institute for Economic Research takes note of the fact that, thanks to Eric Rowell of Hunterville’s question, the celebrated “economic impact” study for Charlotte’s proposed Transformational Mobility Network has no opportunity costs built into the model. “None.” This is a perennial problem with economic…
    Jon Sanders, September 20, 2021
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    Private Jets Jammed Martha’s Vineyard Airport for Obama’s Birthday Party

    From an article published in The Vinyard Gazette: The Martha’s Vineyard Airport reported a major jam-up of private jet traffic over the weekend, much of it stemming from President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash, held Saturday. Airport manager Geoffrey Freeman said private jets crowded the tarmac at the small…
    Terry Stoops, August 10, 2021
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    More Right-of-Center Praise for Private Space Travelers

    Editors at the Washington Examiner join the chorus encouraging more private space travel. One could hardly have expected such rage and discontent at the fact that billionaires such as Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson should dare go to space on their own dime. When both men did so,…
    Mitch Kokai, July 27, 2021
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    Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Does Little for Bridges

    Dominic Pino writes at National Review Online about President Biden’s questionable approach to infrastructure. “President Biden’s infrastructure deal will rebuild thousands of bridges,” says the official White House Twitter account. Almost one month after the bipartisan infrastructure deal was announced, we still only have the same fact-free fact…
    Mitch Kokai, July 23, 2021
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    National Review Praises Space Efforts from Bezos, Branson

    Editors at National Review Online offer kind words about two high-profile entrepreneurial efforts in space exploration. Over the last two weeks, a new frontier in space travel has been opened — not by NASA or the Chinese government, or by an international consortium, but by two billionaires: Richard…
    Mitch Kokai, July 22, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Jeff Moore reports for Carolina Journal Online on who determines energy policy for N.C. state government. John Hood’s CJ Opinion argues that users should pay for highways.
    Mitch Kokai, June 14, 2021
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    New Carolina Journal Online Features

    Dallas Woodhouse reports on U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx’s latest political moves. The latest CJ Opinion explains why N.C. policymakers should rely on user fees to meet transportation needs.
    Mitch Kokai, June 8, 2021
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    Using User Fees for Infrastructure

    If you watched last week’s Shaftesbury Society meeting, you heard  Cato Institute transportation expert Randal O’Toole’s recommendation that North Carolina rely more on user fees to meet its transportation needs. Kyle Pomerleau of the American Enterprise Institute makes a similar case for infrastructure projects in general. Lawmakers…
    Mitch Kokai, May 31, 2021