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    Solar Power Will Roil Industry

    Posted in Transportation & Infrastructure By Jim Tynen | Tagged ,

    A post over at NC Capitol Connection delves into the underlying forces in the debate over renewable energy. Matt Caulder writes: While home solar production costs have dropped drastically, now at less than $1 a kilowatt hour, solar power is still very far from replacing the market, just as vegetable-oil-powered vehicles have not supplanted gasoline […]

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    NC Leg and Guv Agree: No Gas Tax Relief for NC Motorists This Summer

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Transportation & Infrastructure By Brian Balfour

    From The state House and Senate gave tentative approval on Monday to a bill that would drop the state's gas tax by 1.5 cents per gallon, with leaders in both chambers  saying they needed to ensure the short-term stability of North Carolina's primary source of state funds for road construction. Both chambers need to take a […]

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    Another wrong step for NC public records

    Posted in Legislative Activity, Transportation & Infrastructure By Elliot Engstrom | Tagged , ,

    Yesterday, representatives from the Civitas Institute joined the rest of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition in Durham for Sunshine Day, an annual event where leaders from various fields come together to discuss North Carolina's open records laws. How appropriate that this meeting of the minds took place less than two weeks after Senator Michael Lee introduced a bill to further […]

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    Future of NC State Gas Tax in Limbo

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Transportation & Infrastructure By Brian Balfour | Tagged , ,

    An update on the gas tax bill from the Winston-Salem Journal: The state Senate, as expected, has rejected the House’s changes to Senate Bill 20, which focuses foremost on the state’s motor fuels tax. The 39-4 vote Monday night against – with no Republicans in favor of accepting changes – sets the stage for a […]

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    All Aboard! Empty "Express" Buses are Waste of the Week

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Transportation & Infrastructure By Brian Balfour | Tagged , , , , ,

    $110 per round-trip commute. That's what taxpayers are paying to subsidize riders of the Johnston County Express. The Express is a bus service established to help alleviate traffic headaches for commuters during the Fortify 40/440 project. But high costs and low ridership have turned this service into Civitas' Waste of the Week. The Express has […]

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