[youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/JdLn8KrRMT8&feature=player_embedded” width=”580″ modestbranding=”1″ autohide=”1″ fs=”1″ border=”1″ hd=”1″]Representative Bill Brawley speaks with Legislative Week in Review‘s Kelly McCullen about his landmark Transportation legislation.
Landmark legislation was signed into law last week that modernizes the way we build and maintain North Carolina’s vast transportation network.
The current patchwork of funding formulas, which dates back more than half a century, relies heavily on favoritism and patronage — determining which roads, bridges, and highways actually get built has been more a function of politics than of need. For years, areas with powerful members of the General Assembly have benefitted from new transportation infrastructure while other areas of the state have languished by the wayside.
House Bill 817, authored by Representative Brawley, changes that dynamic entirely by prioritizing each new project based on its objective economic development value, removing politics from the process entirely.
The new law divides the Department of Transportation’s budget into three classifications: 40% will go to statewide “strategic mobility” projects (such as interstate highways); 30% will go to “regional impact” projects and the remaining 30% to local projects. This is the first major funding formula adjustment in 25 years.
“Business want to invest where states have their act together and where they have a strategy and a long-term vision, and that is exactly what we have done,” said Governor Pat McCrory at last week’s bill signing ceremony in the Old Capitol building.