by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
From syndicated columnist John Hood, writing in the August issue of Business North Carolina, comes data that may surprise many folks.
The new state budget allocates $3.7 billion in gas and car taxes and fees to highways and other transportation expenditures in 2017-18, with $3.8 billion authorized for 2018-19. That represents a 46% increase in state transportation spending since2010, compared with a 25% gain in general fund spending. During the eight years preceding 2010 — when Democrats controlled both legislative chambers and the governorship — general fund spending rose 32% and state-funded transportation spending by 28%.