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%.

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