Transportation

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    How market forces are obsoleting central planners’ expensive light-rail dreams

    Rail transit is losing riders in big numbers nationwide. Technological changes and market forces — greater job dispersal, Uber and Lyft, low gas prices thanks to fracking, and soon, driverless cars — are making a foolhardy venture even worse.
    Jon Sanders, November 14, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Carolina Journal Online reports that the state of North Carolina has spent more than $4 million on a CSX Connector project, even though that project’s fate is unclear. The Daily Journal explains why it would be a mistake to assume that North Carolina’s Supreme Court decides cases on…
    Mitch Kokai, November 7, 2017
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    State Has Spent More Than $4 Million, But Is CSX Rail Hub Still On?

    Carolina Journal provides us an update on the Carolina Connector project in Edgecombe County. While state officials say they are not aware that CSX has changed its plans to build a $272 million rail hub in Edgecombe County, a company spokesman says new leaders at the rail giant are…
    Donna Martinez, November 7, 2017
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    John Trump reports for Carolina Journal Online that victims of North Carolina’s Map Act are still waiting for compensation from the state. John Hood’s Daily Journal analyzes potential benefits from the U.S. House’s federal tax reform plan.
    Mitch Kokai, November 6, 2017
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    The problem with subsidies

    There are lots of questions swirling around about the CSX Intermodal Rail Hub, which was supposed to be coming to Rocky Mount and receiving $100 million in subsidies from North Carolina taxpayers – as much as $700,000 per job created by the project.  It’s been controversial from the beginning, and…
    Julie Tisdale, November 3, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The Tax Foundation continues to elevate North Carolina’s ranking in its State Business Tax Climate Index. Roy Cordato analyzes the new No. 11 ranking for the latest edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson discusses the recent veto override of a bill that loosens N.C. ballot-access restrictions…
    Mitch Kokai, October 27, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The N.C. Department of Transportation is betting millions of dollars on the viability of a passenger-only ferry to Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks. Rick Henderson analyzes the proposal for the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Sanders questions N.C. lawmakers’ decision to extend the state’s…
    Mitch Kokai, October 20, 2017
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    Forbes economist: Amazon winner will be a financial loser

    University of Georgia economics professor Jeffrey Dorfman goes into detail explaining how, given the enormous incentives package Amazon requires, the math can't add up to make winning the Amazon headquarters a financial winner for state and local governments.
    Jon Sanders, October 10, 2017