Road Worrier blog
Posted by Bruce Siceloff and John Frank on August 1, 2014
Some Wake County commissioners are vexed by a bill that cleared the General Assembly Friday, and a second one still under review in the House, that would place new limits on local decisions to hold elections and raise taxes.
The Senate concurred with the House early Friday on statewide election law changes that would let counties schedule special elections such as a referendum on a bond issue or tax increase only in even-numbered years or during regular countywide elections.
In Wake, where regular county elections are held only in even-numbered years, the new law would kill prospects for a half-cent sales tax vote being considered for November 2015. It also would have outlawed Wakes most recent bond vote in the fall of 2013, which coincided with several town and city elections.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 31, 2014
The new state budget offers "First in Freedom" options on license plates. It also spells an end to state funding for driver education classes, and an end to the quiet practice of shifting transportation revenues to help pay salaries in Gov. Pat McCrory's office.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 30, 2014
Some House members say they'll push for changes that would allow Wake, Mecklenburg, Forsyth and Guilford counties to keep their authority to raise local sales taxes to 2.75 percent - or at least give them several more years to exercise the option.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 29, 2014
The Transportation Security Administration has opened an office in North Raleigh to take applications for the TSA Pre-Check expedited screening program.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff - staff columnist on July 28, 2014
Residents along West Club Boulevard in Durham have waited years, and worry about further delays, for a plan that would make drivers go more slowly and pedestrians feel more at ease.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 23, 2014
Morrisville Parkway will be closed to traffic between Crabtree Crossing Parkway and Bristol Creek Drive from July 28 through Aug. 3.
Posted by Bruce Siceloff on July 22, 2014
Most counties would have new options for raising sales taxes, but Wake and other urban counties would see new restrictions on local taxes under a bill expected to go to the Senate floor Wednesday.