WILSON’S LOCAL PRINT AND DIGITAL COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896

Use state surplus for road repairs, not rebates

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Why would any legislator not want to fully fund the construction and maintenance of our highway system? But apparently they do not. They would rather send out a $125 check from a budget surplus to taxpayers than give the N.C. Department of Transportation the money back spent on previous year’s hurricanes and now Dorian, which will cost the DOT even more.

As we travel, we see a lot of overloaded highways such as I-95 that need improvement. And now the DOT does not have the maintenance money to mow the roadsides that are even dangerously hiding cable rails in the median in places.

One of our greatest freedoms in this great America is the freedom to take off in our vehicle and just drive, whether on vacation or a fun trip. Vehicle sales are a major component of our economy. Americans love to drive.

So rather than sending us a $125 check out of the $900 million surplus, give the DOT its hurricane money and give the agency the rest of the surplus to improve our roads and very simply be able to mow the grass.

Bill Johnson

Sims

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