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  • School Facilities Bill Passes Senate as Democrats Raise State Funding Concerns

    Senate lawmakers passed a school capital funding bill last night, despite concerns expressed by several prominent Democrats, including Governor Roy Cooper, about the bill’s potential effect on the availability of recurring funds for other state projects. Senate Bill 5—“Building’s North Carolina’s Future”—was introduced by Senate lawmakers as an alternative to the statewide school bond proposed by House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland). Proponents of SB 5 argue the Senate plan will generate more money for school capital projects, while saving the state approximately $1.3 billion in bond interest payments. The Senate plan was met with new opposition this week, as both the Governor and Senate Democrats issued statements favoring a school bond referendum.

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  • Legislative Committees Discuss School Capital Funding, State Employee Health & Retirement

    Today was a busy day at the General Assembly, featuring key committee discussions on wide-ranging education issues.

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  • Senate Appropriations Committee Passes School Capital Needs Funding Bill

    Lawmakers in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved the school capital funding bill introduced by Senate leadership, after over an hour of intense debate comparing the Senate plan to a school bond proposal introduced in the House. The bill’s primary sponsors, Senators Harry Brown (R-Jones, Onslow), Kathy Harrington (R-Gaston), and Joyce Krawiec (R-Davie, Forsyth), addressed members of the Appropriations Committee to discuss their bill, Senate Bill 5 (SB 5), which proposes a pay-as-you-go model, generating $2 billion for K-12 facilities repair and renovation over 9 years. The bill was introduced as an alternative to a bond referendum proposal which would generate an estimated $1.5 billion for K-12 capital projects, if approved by voters statewide.

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  • NC Voucher Fund Leaves Millions Unspent While Growing By $10 Million A Year

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