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Thank you for your interest in the issue of "NO Ferry Tax". Because of your support, we won!
Thank you for your interest in the issue of "NO Ferry Tax". Because of your support, we won!
 
The NC General Assembly is moving quickly toward resolve its 2016 budget. The House & Senate have each passed its own version of House Bill #1030 (the budget bill).
The NC General Assembly is moving quickly toward resolve its 2016 budget. The House & Senate have each passed its own version of House Bill #1030 (the budget bill).
 
On June 2 and 3, 2016, the NC Senate passed the Sixth Edition of House Bill #1030, which is its version of the 2016 Appropriations Act. The two versions of the Budget bill have several important differences.
On June 2 and 3, 2016, the NC Senate passed the Sixth Edition of House Bill #1030, which is its version of the 2016 Appropriations Act. The two versions of the Budget bill have several important differences.
 
Thank you to Rep. Michael Speciale and Rep. John Torbett for filing House Bill #93. Rep. Speciale and Torbett are the primary sponsors. Further, Representatives John Bell, Becky Carney, George Graham, Pricey Harrison, and coastal Representative Paul Tine have signed on as co-sponsors.
Thank you to Rep. Michael Speciale and Rep. John Torbett for filing House Bill #93. Rep. Speciale and Torbett are the primary sponsors. Further, Representatives John Bell, Becky Carney, George Graham, Pricey Harrison, and coastal Representative Paul Tine have signed on as co-sponsors.
 
In reviewing the legislative session, one of the topics we discussed was our work in opposition to ferry tolls. The Lt. Governor immediately expressed his long standing opposition to tolling North Carolina’s highways.
In reviewing the legislative session, one of the topics we discussed was our work in opposition to ferry tolls. The Lt. Governor immediately expressed his long standing opposition to tolling North Carolina’s highways.
 
The NC House of Representatives remains determined to reform the ferry tolling system as part of a larger economic vision for coastal NC.
The NC House of Representatives remains determined to reform the ferry tolling system as part of a larger economic vision for coastal NC.
 
The 2014 NC General Assembly will adjourn within a few days. The transportation portion of the budget appears to have been settled.
The 2014 NC General Assembly will adjourn within a few days. The transportation portion of the budget appears to have been settled.
 
On Wednesday, 7/2/14, the NC House of Representatives passed House Bill #1234 "Ferry Tolling/Replacement Funds". On Thursday, 7/3/14, the House sent this Bill to the Senate by "Special Messenger" to get the bill to the Senate in a hurry.
On Wednesday, 7/2/14, the NC House of Representatives passed House Bill #1234 "Ferry Tolling/Replacement Funds". On Thursday, 7/3/14, the House sent this Bill to the Senate by "Special Messenger" to get the bill to the Senate in a hurry.
 
As of today, the newest version of the NC Budget contains language to delete ferry tolls on all ferries!
 
Senator Bill Cook filed Senate Bill 792 to stop ferry tolling. Senator Norman Sanderson joined with Sen. Cook to find other monies to permanently replace receipts that would have been generated by ferry tolling.
Senator Bill Cook filed Senate Bill 792 to stop ferry tolling. Senator Norman Sanderson joined with Sen. Cook to find other monies to permanently replace receipts that would have been generated by ferry tolling.
 
Yesterday was the first day of the 2014 N.C. General Assembly Short Session. Below are some of the issues that I will be working on in the coming weeks.
Yesterday was the first day of the 2014 N.C. General Assembly Short Session. Below are some of the issues that I will be working on in the coming weeks.
 
Eastern North Carolina traffic planners are in the process of deciding whether to add tolls to ferries that operate up and down the coast, or to divert money for their eventual replacements from the money allocated in their divisional highway budget.
Eastern North Carolina traffic planners are in the process of deciding whether to add tolls to ferries that operate up and down the coast, or to divert money for their eventual replacements from the money allocated in their divisional highway budget.
 
It was a great meeting with a great discovery = we get to direct our own show here. The DOT has changed it's whole approach. No longer are they wanting to cram things down our throats.
It was a great meeting with a great discovery = we get to direct our own show here. The DOT has changed it's whole approach. No longer are they wanting to cram things down our throats.
 
Bureaucrats at the NC Dept. of Transportation plan to coerce local transportation planning organizations into requesting ferry tolls on all untolled ferry routes.
Bureaucrats at the NC Dept. of Transportation plan to coerce local transportation planning organizations into requesting ferry tolls on all untolled ferry routes.
 
Well, the worst kept secret in North Carolina politics got "let out of the bag" today - state House speaker Thom Tillis is jumping into the 2014 US Senate GOP primary.
Well, the worst kept secret in North Carolina politics got "let out of the bag" today - state House speaker Thom Tillis is jumping into the 2014 US Senate GOP primary.
 
Thanks to you who have contacted House Transportation Committee members to thank them for the passage of House Bill #475 "Ferry Tolling Alternatives".
Thanks to you who have contacted House Transportation Committee members to thank them for the passage of House Bill #475 "Ferry Tolling Alternatives".
 
What's this about Republicans trying to raise taxes, ah, make that tolls?
 
On Tuesday, 5/28/13, the House Transportation Committee approved HB #475 "Ferry Tolling Alternatives".
 
In the coastal counties, many of whom are Tier I and II counties, the ferry riders are mostly folks going to work. The river ferries are virtually all commuter traffic, including school buses going to and from school, and folks going to the Doctor’s Office or doing every-day shopping.
In the coastal counties, many of whom are Tier I and II counties, the ferry riders are mostly folks going to work. The river ferries are virtually all commuter traffic, including school buses going to and from school, and folks going to the Doctor’s Office or doing every-day shopping.
 
Thank you to everyone who sent a signed letter to the NC Rules Review Commission.
 
House Bill #475 "Ferry Tolling Alternatives" is a good bill sponsored primarily by Representatives Charles Jeter, Paul Tine, John Torbett, and Frank Iler.
House Bill #475 "Ferry Tolling Alternatives" is a good bill sponsored primarily by Representatives Charles Jeter, Paul Tine, John Torbett, and Frank Iler.
 
I have filed and cosponsored a number of bills since my last newsletter, and will be highlighting some of those bills here
I have filed and cosponsored a number of bills since my last newsletter, and will be highlighting some of those bills here
 
NC Representative Michael Speciale speaks directly to his 3rd District Constituents here in this April month of the general assembly's long session.
NC Representative Michael Speciale speaks directly to his 3rd District Constituents here in this April month of the general assembly's long session.
 
Rather than trickle down fees, certain state legislators seek to eliminate costs for locals and encourage tourism by removing all ferry tolls in coastal North Carolina.
Rather than trickle down fees, certain state legislators seek to eliminate costs for locals and encourage tourism by removing all ferry tolls in coastal North Carolina.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 is the deadline for comments about the proposed rules, including ferry tax amounts, addressed to the NC Dept. of Transportation.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 is the deadline for comments about the proposed rules, including ferry tax amounts, addressed to the NC Dept. of Transportation.
 
In the meanwhile, no further ferry toll bills were filed this week, although one or two are in the drafting stage.
In the meanwhile, no further ferry toll bills were filed this week, although one or two are in the drafting stage.
 
Congratulations to everyone who travelled to Raleigh for Monday night's Public Hearing on the ferry tax issue.
Congratulations to everyone who travelled to Raleigh for Monday night's Public Hearing on the ferry tax issue.
 
NC DOT has added a third Public Hearing about proposed toll changes on its ferry routes.
 
NC DOT has added a third Public Hearing about proposed toll changes on its ferry routes.
NC DOT has added a third Public Hearing about proposed toll changes on its ferry routes.
 
NC DOT announced today it will hold two public meetings about proposed toll changes on its ferry routes.
NC DOT announced today it will hold two public meetings about proposed toll changes on its ferry routes.
 
The General Assembly has completed its work on the state's nearly $20.2 billion General Fund budget. It's now on Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's desk.
The General Assembly has completed its work on the state's nearly $20.2 billion General Fund budget. It's now on Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue's desk.
 
House and Senate budget negotiators have reached a compromise $20.2 billion General Fund budget deal for the upcoming fiscal year that provides 1.2 percent raises to state employees and teachers while restoring $251 million in previous cuts to public education.
House and Senate budget negotiators have reached a compromise $20.2 billion General Fund budget deal for the upcoming fiscal year that provides 1.2 percent raises to state employees and teachers while restoring $251 million in previous cuts to public education.
 
The NC Senate voted on the budget, contained in House Bill #950 "Modify 2011 Appropriations Act".
The NC Senate voted on the budget, contained in House Bill #950 "Modify 2011 Appropriations Act".
 
The Senate budget directs NC DOT to tax ALL ferries, including the Currituck-Knots Island ferry and the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry. It directs DOT to ignore Governor's Perdue moratorium and begin to collect the ferry taxes, effective July 1, 2012.
The Senate budget directs NC DOT to tax ALL ferries, including the Currituck-Knots Island ferry and the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry. It directs DOT to ignore Governor's Perdue moratorium and begin to collect the ferry taxes, effective July 1, 2012.
 
We are hearing about those awful Republicans who are trying to impose tolls on ferries, including the one at Bayview in Beaufort County.
We are hearing about those awful Republicans who are trying to impose tolls on ferries, including the one at Bayview in Beaufort County.
 
Anti-Ferry Tax efforts are expanding in Beaufort, Hyde, and Pamlico Counties. Because we are working to coordinate among the 3 counties, we are pushing back the date for the trip to Raleigh.
Anti-Ferry Tax efforts are expanding in Beaufort, Hyde, and Pamlico Counties. Because we are working to coordinate among the 3 counties, we are pushing back the date for the trip to Raleigh.
 
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