Fixing something that's actually broken
RALEIGH — It is a rather remarkable campaign season in North Carolina.
Some politicians argue that government is broken. Against that backdrop, state legislators huddle to draft a major overhaul of tax policy.
Meanwhile, few talk about what is very near the breaking point in North Carolina: the state's system of financing road construction and maintenance.
The signs that the breaking point is near are everywhere, and they go back quite a bit in time.
They can be seen in legislators' comments that the state can't afford a new major coastal bridge, even when tolls would pick up 30 percent of the cost. They can be seen in the state's ambivalent and piecemeal approach to tolls, where it isn't exactly clear what the priority is for tolling.
They can even be seen in a decade-old change to road ...