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Transportation & Infrastructure Archives

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    Apr
    05

    The True Costs of "Free" Federal Rail Funds

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

    Sunday's N&O offered up a thoughtless attack on HB 422, and its most vocal proponent, Rep. Ric Killian (R-Mecklenburg). Perhaps it's a tea-party moment, who knows? But Charlotte state Rep. Ric Killian seems to be taking an ideological stance against more federal spending on railroads even though the $461 million coming to North Carolina in […]

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    Mar
    17

    A cap on the gas tax and eliminating gun permits among new legislative proposals

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics, Education, Legislative Activity, Public Safety, Transportation & Infrastructure By Matt Willoughby | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

    Among the new bills introduced in the legislature this week is a cap on the motor fuel tax (HB399). The flat tax rate on a gallon of gas is 17.5 cents. The variable wholesale rate is 3.5 cents per gallon or 7 percent of the average whosesale price, which slides upward with that price. The new […]

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    Mar
    14

    NC May Lift Annual Car Safety Inspection

    Posted in Transportation & Infrastructure By Karen Duquette | Tagged , , , , ,

    SB 123, Eliminate Motor Vehicle Safety Inspections, would eliminate the annual safety inspection program for automobiles.  The legislation was inspired somewhat by a 2008 General Assembly Program Evaluation Division government watchdog report that found the inspection program largely ineffective.  The chief sponsor, Sen. Stan Bingham (R-Davidson), noted that new technology and cars in addition to […]

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    Feb
    01

    State budget writers told economy is rebounding but another year until robust growth

    Posted in Budget & Taxes, Economics, Education, Legislative Activity, Transportation & Infrastructure By Matt Willoughby | Tagged , , , , , , ,

    Members of a joint legislative budget panel were told by fiscal researchers revenue collections are on target but still below what is estimated for a new budget. Here's what the budget writers will have to consider for budget increases: $300 million for retirement pensions $150 million more for the State Health Plan $110 million in […]

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    Oct
    18

    Obama's Rhetoric Was The Only Thing "Shovel-Ready" About the Stimulus

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

    Economist Robert Higgs examines the numbers dispersed thus far by the federal stimulus plan and finds that only a small fraction of the dollars spent have gone to "shovel-ready" projects – a main selling point of the bill.  At the time the bill was being debated and discussed, a common plea in its defense had […]

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