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The John Locke Foundation on Friday filed an amicus brief with the N.C. Supreme Court, urging the state justices to uphold an appeals court ruling in the Map Act case.
Crediting budget reforms made by the recent session of the General Assembly, Gov. Pat McCrory announced on Thursday the acceleration of four major transportation projects, including the final leg of the eastern section of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway, the Asheville Connector, The I-485 and Wed
Governor Pat McCrory commended Congress for heeding calls from the nation's governors and passing the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which will provide States the long-term fiscal certainty Governor McCrory called for during his testimony before the House Committee on...
If you thought North Carolina was alone when it came to tardy budgets, think again. North Carolina joined Alabama and New Hampshire in passing budgets late last week. Now there are only two states left in the country without budgets, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill into law establishing state regulation for transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft.
A United States District Court judge has ruled in favor of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and against the environmental groups seeking to stop construction of the Monroe Expressway.
As a longtime observer of the North Carolina legislature, I have a pet peeve: lawmakers, lobbyists, and reporters alike focus too much attention on the General Fund of the state budget, those expenditures funded largely by state taxes on incomes and retail sales.
Thank you to Rep. Michael Speciale and Rep. John Torbett for filing House Bill #93. Rep. Speciale and Torbett are the primary sponsors. Further, Representatives John Bell, Becky Carney, George Graham, Pricey Harrison, and coastal Representative Paul Tine have signed on as co-sponsors.
A Senate bill that would relieve a southeastern North Carolina planning organization from financial consequences resulting from the use of the controversial Map Act passed the House on Wednesday and will return to the Senate.
Governor Pat McCrory signed four bills into law yesterday. House Bill 358 will allow schools to be awarded A-F school performance grades based on a 15-point scale, providing a consistent benchmark for student achievement for state schools. The governor also signed House Bills 91, 601 and 706.
Today, Governor Pat McCrory launched a new website about the Connect NC bond proposal.
The Office of Governor Pat McCrory has announced the following appointments to the North Carolina Board of Transportation.
Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation that will immediately reduce North Carolina's gas tax as part of a finance plan that will stabilize revenue needed for the state's transportation projects.
Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the gas tax compromise announced by House and Senate leaders today...
Governor Pat McCrory will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing entitled "Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill: Laying the Foundation for U.S. Economic Growth and Job Creation Part II" on Tuesday. In his capacity as a member of the Executive...
Hundreds of North Carolinians who own property in swaths of land that the N.C. Department of Transportation has staked out for highways are awaiting action in state courts.
Governor McCrory recognizes that our state's transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in attracting and retaining businesses, while connecting people to jobs, healthcare, education and recreation. That's why he created a 25-year vision to map our future and determine how to best...
Consensus denial persists, according to Paul Krugman (to cite one who is highly experienced in denial), because "there are powerful groups with a strong interest in rejecting the facts."
Tough decisions need to be made during this legislative session, but are they being made in the best interest of the taxpayer or in the spirit of efficient government? Two questions came before the House Finance and Appropriations committees on Tuesday, a change to the state's gasoline tax as...
On Tuesday the N.C. Court of Appeals handed down a ruling that strikes at the heart of a controversial piece of legislation known as the Map Act. Here at the John Locke Foundation, we have been urging the General Assembly to repeal or reform the Map Act for some time. Now, however, thanks to...
A new report, funded by the North Carolina Chamber Foundation, makes what the Foundation and the report's authors at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) obviously believe to be a strong case for new spending on highway infrastructure in North Carolina. The title of the...
On the eve of his birth, the mother of Buddha dreamed that a white elephant presented her with a lotus flower, a sign of wisdom and purity. Throughout history a white elephant was regarded in Buddhist kingdoms as a symbol of divine blessing.
A couple of weeks ago I discussed an excellent NC Court of Appeals decision in which the Court held that development moratoria imposed under the Map Act constitute takings for which just compensation must be paid. Today I'm happy to report that the General Assembly is already responding to that hold
How much does North Carolina's government spend? A simple question, but unfortunately there's not a simple answer.
The AP is reporting that, like the Locke Foundation, the Heartland Institute, and a number of other think tanks, private companies, and individual scientists, Koch Industries, headed by philanthropists and donors to free market causes David and Charles Koch, has received a letter demanding...
Everyone is talking about the $22 billion+ House Budget and what will happen to the spending plan now that it has crossed chambers and is in the hands of the Senate. Senate leaders will be meeting all this week to start their preparations before it is debated in sub-committees. We should expect a...
It wouldn't make much sense to buy beer for alcoholics in an effort to reduce alcoholism. So why is the state using tax dollars to mail garbage to suspected litterers?
A few days a week, I ride a Triangle Transit 301 bus to and from the palatial Civitas HQ in the Warehouse District of Raleigh. But even as a transit rider, my blood runs cold when I hear government planners are plotting ways to bring throw taxpayers' money at light-rail systems and commuter rail...
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