HAT TIP UNDERCOVER URBANIST ON EDCONE.COM CLICKHERE
Over at Ed Cone's Blog there was a person by the name of undercover urbanist who had this to say. "Ed, another fun one is to talk to them about the "equity formula" in NCDOT spending. This is where the economically productive areas of the state (read: cities and suburbs) have their taxes taken from them to build roads in areas that are less economically productive. (read: rural areas)
A terrific chart demonstrating this hideous display of socialism(PDF) .
Another post earlier in the year at the News and Observer CLICKHERE titled N.C. Road Building Still Mired in Politics.
To see the chart on the North Carolina Transportation Tax Return Rates by County really says it all. You can see the chart by clicking on the title of this post above. When you see a chart like this and also look at the return ratio by counties in the state of North Carolina, it really hits home as to where our NCDOT is really missing the boat . How many of us in the TRIAD travel down to Charlotte for meetings, seeing friends or going to the Panthers game and are still amazed to this day that there isn't a 8 lane highway between the TRIAD and metropolitan Charlotte the whole way down. The bottlenecks on I-85 and I-77 down to Charlotte are a nightmare. How many of us in the TRIAD are nervous crossing the Yadkin River I-85 bridge, it seems like Rep. Fred Steen R-Rowan County feels that NCDOT needs to dismantle CLICKHERE .
Time for a change at NCDOT, and we will see what the next governor can do about it.