Common Americans United to Inspire Our Nation (CAUTION) welcomed Kurt Naas of WidenI77 to this past Monday’s meeting to give the anti-HOT lane presentation his group has been sharing in contrast to the NCDOT’s and elected officials’ positions on the matter.
There has been news of late regarding roads funding including revelations that Governor McCrory is proposing a billion dollars worth of funding for rural roads paid for by taxpayer funded bonds. There has also come to light that local municipalities will see an influx of dollars as a result of their support for toll projects.
Begging the question here…we have been told that HOT lanes are necessary to get projects moved along. We have been told that the state is “oh so broke” and only HOT lanes can provide any semblance of relief for the next 20 years.
Now we see that this line of thinking is a flat out lie.
Not only is the governor willing to increase funding for general purpose lanes via bond sales, but according to Warren Cooksey, the Director of Outreach & Community Affairs for the NCDOT Division 10 (who attended the CAUTION meeting), the money for the local road funding (to the tune of upwards of 200 million dollars) would come off the top of the Highway Trust Fund.
Interesting that the Highway Trust Fund can not afford $150 million for general purpose lanes on I-77, but somehow it can afford that amount in “incentive money” for localities to accept the HOT lane disaster in the first place.
It is obvious there is a greater agenda at work here.
Thanks to Chuck Suter of ConstitutionalWar.org for filming the discussion with Cooksey.