Transportation

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    New Raleigh City Council open to innovation?

    Short-term rentals, backyard cottages, and scooters could get a reprieve with a new mayor and reconstituted city council. New member Jonathan Melton says, “I think we can lead on micromobility,” and Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin proposes holding off enforcement of short-term rental restrictions. Anna Johnson provided the play-by-play.
    Joseph Coletti, December 4, 2019
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    Rural areas and Trump’s DOT plan

    Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner focuses on the potential impact for rural areas of the Trump administration’s transportation plan. After years of “discrimination” by Washington bureaucrats, rural communities are finally set to get a long overdue share of federal money for roads, rail, and airports, a key…
    Mitch Kokai, December 3, 2019
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    Medicaid eats state budgets

    Pensions and health benefits for retired state employees are a significantly understated obligation for state governments, but until states actually budget money for those needs, Medicaid is the biggest threat to other state spending. The National Association of State Budget Officers reminds us of that with today’s release of the…
    Joseph Coletti, November 21, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on delays for N.C. Medicaid’s planned transition to managed care. John Hood’s Daily Journal questions the constitutionality of a new law that could delay payments to some Map Act victims.
    Mitch Kokai, November 20, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Julie Havlak reports for Carolina Journal Online on strings attached to new funding for the N.C. Department of Transportation. Shannon Watkins’ Daily Journal looks into community college “noncompleters.”…
    Mitch Kokai, November 15, 2019
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    The N&O editors still suffer from Rail Consensus Denial

    The editors of The News & Observer continue to demand rail transit. They still have no idea how bad, wasteful, and unworkable an idea that is for the Triangle. The occasion for their latest editorial, “The Triangle should regroup around a new regional transit plan,” is the publication of…
    Jon Sanders, November 13, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Assaulting a referee can carry a more serious criminal penalty than assaulting your neighbor. That’s one of the quirks of N.C. law that could be addressed by an ongoing criminal law reform project. Mike Schietzelt discusses the progress of that project for the next edition of Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, November 1, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Supporters of the N.C. Department of Transportation are urging state lawmakers to devote more money to highway projects. They contend unusual weather events and settlements related to the Map Act have eaten into DOT’s funding sources. Joseph Coletti assesses their claims for the next edition of Carolina…
    Mitch Kokai, October 25, 2019