“An unprecedented pandemic requires unprecedented investment.”
So says Gov. Roy Cooper who wants to use the $5.7 billion coming to North Carolina through the American Rescue Plan to meet the moment and help residents thrive.
The budget recommends funding for affordable housing, education and food security, as well as another round of extra credit grants of up $500 for parents.
Gov. Cooper also wants to close the digital divide and ensure all North Carolina households have access to the internet.
There is a plan to match state and local ARP funds to rebuild aging water systems in the state.
Cooper says the recommendations also include significant direct assistance for the hospitality industry, which was hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Cooper says the ARP funds have brought North Carolina a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
The American Rescue Plan was signed into law By President Joe Biden in March.