Apparently the DOT is running out of money and has enacted a hiring freeze.
I wonder if they’d be in this situation if the General Assembly hadn’t raided $170 million (or more) a year from the Highway Trust Fund for the last 2 decades.
I also wonder if they would have more money to spend on building roads if they weren’t spending gas tax money on bike paths, airports, ferries and drivers’ education programs that could be funded out of the general fund as well.
Either way it points clearly to the priorities of the past decade in Raleigh. Those in charge have continually expanded social programs and grown general government expenditures (the General Fund has gone from $14 billion to $21.5 billion in eight years) and pet programs at the expense of our infrastructure.
We don’t need new taxes to fund transportation. We need new priorities on where our existing tax money is spent.