Last week I wrote about the large and immediate cut to pedestrian and bike greenway funding in the NC Senate’s version of the budget. Well that budget cut is still in the final version. It’s delayed for some current projects, but puts NC on the road (not bikeway) to funding elimination. Some folks who have contacted their Senators are getting the usual attempt-to-confuse-the-issue answers from their representatives. The particular line is the old unpopular budget cutter’s saw, “flexibility.” As in: “Oh, we are giving cities flexibility to fund greenways out of other pots of money, so this really isn’t a cut that hurts.” Well, there is a cut, it is to greenways, and it will mean less money for building stuff other than roads.
Don’t believe me? Look at NC Senator Apodaca’s quote in Bruce Siceloff’s N+O story yesterday. I’d say it about sums it up: