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Audit finds North Carolina transportation department strayed from spending guidance

Despite its history for overspending, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) did not follow guidelines for developing its spending plan, a new state audit shows. The NCDOT did not develop its spending plan based on specific projects and operations scheduled for the fiscal year, the Office of the State Auditor said, putting the agency at risk […]

Georgia experiences $11M increase in airport income

The economic impact of Georgia’s airports increased by more than 18% over nearly a decade, data shows. Travis Vallin, the vice president of aviation construction planning firm Jviation, presented the data Wednesday to the General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Airport Infrastructure & Improvements. Data collected before the COVID-19 pandemic shows the economic benefits from […]

Georgia to spend $5.8M in pandemic relief to support tourism

Georgia will spend $5.8 million in federal COVID-19 relief to help bolster the state’s tourism industry, Gov. Brian Kemp announced this week. Kemp said the funding, being given to Explore Georgia, the tourism division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), would help the industry rebound. “This funding will help Georgia’s travel and hospitality industry […]

Charlotte airport could generate up to $3.3B with private lease

Charlotte could cash in on $3.3 billion by leasing Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to a new study. Libertarian think tank the Reason Foundation said in its report Charlotte could use the revenue created by leasing the airport to a private company to address its critical needs. Government airport owners are not allowed to receive any of […]

North Carolina lawmakers introduce plan to legalize video gaming

A group of lawmakers has proposed a plan to legalize slot machines and other video gaming machines in North Carolina. House Bill 954 authorizes and spells outs regulation for video lottery games in North Carolina. It allows select licensed providers to offer video lottery terminals, while a percentage of the revenue goes to the state. North […]