As you know, transportation is critical to the vitality of every community in our state and touches all citizens in one way or another. The NC Chamber has compiled a map that shows each county’s potential revenue shortfall if nothing is done to stabilize the current gas tax. If no action is taken in the short-term to stabilize transportation funding, there will be too much pressure on our already strained transportation system, negatively impacting jobs, businesses and future growth. North Carolina would no longer be able to ensure the safety of its citizens and efficiency of our transportation network.
Additionally, the map shows the number of structurally deficient bridges in each county. The structurally deficient classification means the bridge requires costly maintenance to remain in service. One in three North Carolina bridges has that classification. These bridges require costly maintenance that our state currently cannot afford.
These two numbers, compiled using data available through the N.C. Department of Transportation and referenced on the map, clearly demonstrate the urgency behind stabilization of the motor fuels tax for every community in North Carolina. Senate Bill 20 is a first step in the bigger picture of transportation funding reforms to create a stable, diversified and economically efficient revenue model that will meet the demands of roads, rail, air and ports and ensure the safety of our transportation network. Check out more in this Triangle Business Journal article.
Senate Bill 20 will be heard in the N.C. House Finance Committee tomorrow, and they need to hear from you on the importance of this to your community. Take action: Click here to urge your representative to address both short- and long-term solutions, including Senate Bill 20.
Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber