Category Archives: State Politics

Senate & House can’t agree on toll funding solution

When a bill unanimously passes the House and then unanimously passes the Senate, it should become law, right?

NC House unanimously votes for I77 cancellation fund amendment

In a stunning development, the NC House today approved an I77 reserve fund in a unanimous 113-0 vote.

The Legislature, the Budget, and I-77 Tolls

Is there a way to fund contract cancellation costs and get approval from the legislature? Possibly, but like everything with this project, it won’t be easy. Background Transportation projects are scored and ranked under a process called the Strategic Transportation Initiative (STI). Those that score high enough receive funding. If STI funds were used to

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

WI77 Candidate Survey

Earlier this month, Widen I-77 emailed candidates a brief survey to educate voters on the candidates position regarding the I77 toll project.  Below are the results.  A couple of observations: 1) None of the NC North Mecklenburg candidates responded 2) One Iredell candidate (Vickie Sawyer) responded 3) About half of the Mecklenburg At-Large Commissioner candidates

WI77 Town Hall Thurs July 20

For the first time in nearly a year and a half, Widen I77 will be hosting a town hall meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to debrief the preliminary report given by Mercator, the consultant hired by NCDOT to analyze exit options. Mercator will be giving their preliminary report on Wednesday, July 19 at

Cooper Appoints Pro-Toll Transpo Secretary

One of the things about a new administration is that it promises a fresh start.  New faces, new beginnings. Unfortunately that may not be the case with Governor Cooper’s new Secretary of Transportation. Yesterday Cooper announced he had appointed Jim Trogdon as the new Secretary of Transportation. While Trogdon may be new to the position,

House Cancellation Bill Passes Committees; Floor Vote Next

Today marked the first legislative steps toward cancelling the toll contract. This morning the House Transportation Committee voted to “report favorable” on HB954, the toll cancellation bill. It was then sent to the Appropriations Committee and this afternoon they voted to send the bill to the House floor for a vote. So the bill stands

Let’s Gather Together Again

A year ago the citizens of this region joined together and met on the Exit 28 bridge  in an unprecedented show of solidarity. At the time not a single town or county board was on record as being against the toll project. We’ve come a long ways. In light of that one year anniversary, we’re

A Message for Today

So a lot of people have been asking what’s up with the fight on I-77 tolls. If you’ve followed the news recently you know our cause has been put on hold because we are suddenly faced with an existential threat. Not since General Beauregard loosed his cannons on Ft Sumter has the South faced a