NC Legislature: No Toll Cancellation Without Our Permission

If you were going to terminate an employee, would you tell them 60 days before you actually did it? Would you change who could actually terminate that employee? That’s what’s in a bill now circulating the halls on Jones Street.

Tucked way back on page 180 of a “technical corrections” bill (basically a catch-all bill to clean up some ambiguities or conflicts in past legislation) are a couple of paragraphs pertaining to the I-77 toll project.

The first paragraph requires the governor to give the legislature 60 days notice prior to any cancellation or modification of the toll contract.  It also serves as a 60 day head up for Cintra.

The second paragraph is more vexing. It contains a requirement that any compensation due a modification or termination of the contract is “subject to an express appropriation by the General Assembly.”  Our reading of this is that the governor can no longer cancel the contract in his sole discretion. You may recall the NCDOT argued- successfully- in court that termination of the contract was in their sole discretion.  Well, the rules of the game will change if this bill passes.

Now, any cancellation requires the de facto approval of the entire legislature… ie both the House and the Senate.

Here’s the language:

Our take could be wrong on this, but generally when something like this is stuffed into a bill that covers ambulances, community colleges, and divorce, among other things, we have a right to be suspicious.

Here is the complete bill as it currently stands:

NCGA_6300-0

 

3 Responses to NC Legislature: No Toll Cancellation Without Our Permission

  1. K. Bain Black says:

    This pending legislation evokes several conclusions, none of them favorable to the GOP, my GOP. First, this is a purely partisan play to block action by Cooper, even if he intends to implement citizens’ will. Next, I conclude that Cintra lobbyists are doing their job. Money is flowing from multiple sources…ALEC, Cintra, et al. Corruption in Raleigh refuses to die! That beautiful new Cintra/I-77 Mobility building at the intersection of 485 and Harris Blvd indicates they intend to be here for a while.
    It really is hard to remain Republican!

  2. Jay Privette says:

    It sure seems the Republicans are trying hard to make sure it will be another 100 years before they control both the General Assembly and Governor’s Mansion in NC again. They seemed to have flipped the switch that connected them to their constituents the moment they took control.

  3. Keenan Moran says:

    The Republican’s in the North Carolina State Assembly deserve to be sent home by the voters. Between their over-the-top Gerrymandering and their over-reaching power grabs, it”s house cleaning time!

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