by Sam Hieb
As I’m interviewing candidates for statewide office, I’ve noticed one theme running the campaign platforms — North Carolina’s high gas taxes.
So it’s with that in mind that I take note of this Wilmington Star-News editorial:
Neither the federal gas tax nor North Carolina’s high gas tax are projected to bring in enough money to come close to meeting all the needs. If we allow these roads to deteriorate or become so congested that they resemble parking lots more than highways, we will suffer economically. But political considerations make it difficult for lawmakers to agree on a fair way to raise money.
So North Carolina has high gas taxes compared to neighboring states, yet our roads our deteriorating. Makes you wonder where the disconnect is —kinda like billions invested in anti-poverty programs, yet evidently poverty still exists.