Category: Transportation

  • Vote wisely when considering constitutional amendments 

    What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session? Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session Adjournment Resolution. Important issues such as school funding, certificate of need repeal, work requirements for Medicaid, repeal of the capital gains tax, changes to the ABC system, and more will be delayed until 2019.  But there’s still plenty of work for legislators. Cross-over bills…

  • State budget cuts taxes, raises salaries, and has money left for savings

    The $23.9 billion state General Fund budget proposal reduces personal and corporate income taxes and increases education spending by nearly $700 million. It gives raises to teachers, principals, and state employees, and still sets aside millions of dollars in state reserves. The 2018-19 budget was released Monday night…

  • Folwell: Let voters decide proposed transportation bond

    UPDATED, May 23 at 12:25 p.m. to include comments from Rep. Kelly Hastings. A House committee has proposed a $3 billion transportation bond, but state Treasurer Dale Folwell urges lawmakers to put the massive borrowing to a voter referendum if they proceed. “I’m not against more…

  • Stay the course in 2018 for short-session success

    The N.C. General Assembly is scheduled to return for the 2018 short legislative session on Wednesday, May 16. There’s speculation on what they will do and just how short the short session will be. Analysts and lobbyists are asking where they will go and what it will mean beyond the…

  • Cooper retains some McCrory policies

    Roy Cooper knows that winning one of the closest gubernatorial election in American history, by two-tenths of a percentage point, wasn’t exactly a compelling mandate for full-throated progressivism.