The North Carolina Senate’s FY 2010-11 proposed budget for Transportation is $2.7 billion.
The most notable discrepancy between the Senate’s budget and Gov. Perdue’s recommended budget changes is the Senate does not allocate funds for Perdue’s NC Mobility Fund. According to Gov. Perdue’s Budget, the NC Mobility Fund would provide funds for projects of “statewide significance” with a budget of $94.6 million. There is no such allocation in the Senate budget.
Also of note, the Senate does not propose the increase in registration fees (from $28 to $35) for cars and light trucks.
Perdue’s budget recommended financing her NC Mobility Fund from these increased registration fees along with diverting part of the annual transfer from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund.
Both the Governor’s and Senate’s Budget provide more than $30 million in funding to reinstate the Driver Education Program.
Major expansions and reductions include:
- $32 million to restore funding for the Driver Education Program. Last year’s biennial budget cut the Program pending a continuation review this year.
- $2 million in funds to the Rail Division to expand North Carolina’s short line rail
- $2 million spending expansion for Urban Loops
- $4.9 million in increases for the Intrastate System
- $4.7 million in matching funds, used along with a grant from US Department of Commerce, to fund the Highway Patrol for the Public Safety Interoperability Communications. The fund will help establish the Voice Interoperability Project for Emergency Responders (VIPER) in North Carolina.
- $500,000 would be retained from the annual transfer to the General Fund for the Department of Commerce Executive Aircraft Division; this will reduce the amount appropriated to the General Fund.