RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is getting billions of dollars more from the federal government through another COVID-19 relief package.
Now, Gov. Roy Cooper is ready to tell lawmakers how he wants them to spend the money.
Cooper held a Wednesday news conference to unveil his recommendations for North Carolina’s share of American Rescue Plan funds.
The state learned last week its portion would be $5.7 billion.
The Democratic governor and Republican lawmakers worked well in tandem last year when they agreed how to spend $3.6 billion in coronavirus relief funds.
According to the state's Office of State Budget and Management, there will be a focus on expanding rural broadband and college scholarships for low-income families, investing in clean water and workforce development, increasing housing affordability, and promoting economic recovery for the hardest-hit industries across the state.
NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson released the following statement after Cooper’s announcement:
“Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, help is on its way to North Carolina. Governor Cooper’s proposal makes clear that we can not only recover from this pandemic, but rebuild our communities and make significant investments that will propel us into the future. I call on the General Assembly to quickly take up these recommendations and act now for the people of North Carolina. Together, we can create a state that expands opportunity and gives everyone a fair shot.”
State government coffers are already flush with revenues from state taxes and fees.