The federal IIJA will give North Carolina’s infrastructure a bipartisan boost, but a modernized strategy for sustainable transportation and infrastructure funding remains elusive for our state. NC商会致力于解决这个问题.
The NC Chamber and the business community have a history of leading on infrastructure issues. In 2015, e尊国际发起了“NC不能等待”倡议, which helped secure more than $1 billion in transportation revenue for our state, including millions in recurring revenue – the first true long-term transportation funding reforms passed in North Carolina since 1989. We continued that success in 2019 and 2020 with our NC Can’t Afford to Stop Coalition – the successor to that first initiative – which helped pass legislation that infused almost $300 million into DOT by way of the Highway Trust Fund and Build NC bonds. While we’ve made great progress since then, it isn’t enough.
历史性风暴带来的成本飙升, 收入不足, 广泛的项目延迟, and the COVID-19 pandemic have all contributed to our transportation challenges here in North Carolina. 更令人担忧, 然而, are the objective studies showing that North Carolina depends far too heavily on increasingly inviable funding sources, 比如汽车燃油税, 创造运输收入.
As growing numbers of motorists adopt electric vehicles (EVs) and vehicle manufacturers commit to ever-higher EV production targets, traditional funding options 比如汽车燃油税 are becoming less and less viable. 不幸的是, North Carolina is highly dependent on the motor fuels tax to fund transportation projects, 有54.7% of total state transportation revenues provided by this tax, according to the NC First Commission.
With states across the nation grappling with this same challenge, North Carolina has the chance to become a leader in creating new models for capturing transportation revenue that can remain viable in the coming decades. 如果e尊国际能做到的话, we stand to create explosive impacts across our economy and secure our economic recovery and post-pandemic success – if we cannot, we will fall further and further behind other states that choose the path of innovation.
Fortunately, the NC Chamber and NC Chamber 基金会 are committed to solving this crisis. One question is driving our efforts: How can we ensure North Carolina creates the modernized, diversified revenue stream we need to keep our roads, 铁路, 港口, and air港口 well-funded over the next decade and beyond?
在2020年的夏天，NC室形成了 目的地2030联盟 to ensure North Carolina’s business community is actively engaged in helping to answer this important question throughout the current decade. 在一起, this growing alliance of job creators is committed to providing bold solutions to the transportation funding challenges facing our state.
重建北卡东部: 农村的挑战, 2008年经济衰退的影响挥之不去, 自然灾害, and the recent cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have all combined to leave many of our state’s eastern communities underserved economically. The NC Chamber 基金会 will conduct a comprehensive effort to consider ways we can rebuild infrastructure and support job creation across these communities. 首先召集关键领导人, 企业, and economic development organizations in these rural areas, the 基金会 will develop options to reinvigorate eastern North Carolina.
数字基础设施的获取和采用研究: 数控腔室基础研究， 在北卡罗来纳州传播经济机会, validated and amplified the importance of access to and local adoption of available broadband as a key infrastructure element for 企业 and for students. The policy debate and tension between local government and private companies has created significant challenges in meeting the needs of non-urban 企业 and residents. The 基金会 will continue to work with partners across the state to identify options for private-sector solutions to increase access to and adoption of rural broadband. This effort will work in tandem with the 基金会’s efforts to rebuild eastern North Carolina, as broadband access is integral to the revitalization of rural parts of our state.
固体废物管理: With North Carolina’s dramatic population growth expected to continue, our state’s generation of solid waste will only increase. 像这样, it is critical that we advance a solid waste management strategy that is both environmentally and economically sound. 必要的研究应该集中在新技术上, 必要的监管改革, 目前的容量, 和未来的需求. This research should also propose permitting standards for new sites (considering questions such as where new sites can be located, 允许多少人参加, 它们在什么条件下可以被开发?) and analyze the efficacy of current recycling efforts.
- Learn more about the NC Chamber’s plans to advance this issue in the 2021年立法议程.
- 了解e尊国际的 运输 & 基础设施峰会, held yearly to connect industry leaders with NCDOT policymakers and information about the initiatives sure to impact the sector.