Category: Transportation

  • How will the workforce change? 

    I think a lot about the job market this time of year. This is because of all the graduations of high school and college seniors, and the fact many of them will be looking for their first full-time job.    It’s a cliché to say these young people will be entering…

  • Note to lawmakers: Don’t mess things up 

    Starting in 2011, North Carolina lawmakers have implemented transformational changes resulting in a strong and growing economy. More people are working, more opportunities are available, and a streamlined, more efficient state government is treating residents more fairly and equitably.    We’ve come a long way. Don’t mess it up.   Faced with a $2.6 billion shortfall in 2011, legislative leadership…

  • 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…