Our own money was used in March to con us out of even MORE of our own money. The ConnectNC bond referendum was initially pitched as a transportation fix, but ended up being a whole lot of pork that has NOTHING to do with transportation funding. Many of us — in the wake of this scam — have felt angry and betrayed. Well, state Rep. Chris Millis is promoting an interesting salve:
From: Rep. Chris Millis
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 7:05 PM
Subject: Transportation Infrastructure Funding – HB 1106
Dear fellow colleagues, as you already know, our state faces major transportation infrastructure needs both in the present and in the future. In light of this significant need for transportation infrastructure funding, and since past polls concerning the recent bond referendum clearly indicated that many individuals voting for the Connect NC bond thought that they were voting for public monies that would go towards (all or in part) state transportation needs [hence the title of the bond], please consider sponsoring HB 1106.
Please find that this bill will simply allow a vote of the people to consider a portion of the UNC funds within the bond to be allocated to transportation infrastructure funding in order to help address our state’s transportation needs. If the vote of the people fails, the bond will stay just as it is today with no harm done. This bill is about accurately reflecting the priorities of the citizens and I urge this body to allow the people to have the opportunity to have a voice heard whether they want to truly “Connect NC”. May this legislative body “be rather than to seem” as HB 1106 will give us the opportunity be consistent with our state motto.
I hope you will strongly consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation. Thank you for your attention to this matter and your service to our state.