NC Senate Passes $1.6 Billion to Open Schools, Other COVID Relief

RALEIGH – The N.C. Senate passed legislation Wednesday that will provide funds for schools to reopen, implement COVID mitigation resources, more rent assistance and money for vaccine redistribution.

Specifically, $1.6 billion will go to help reopen schools and improve bolster technology resources to help close the massive learning gaps resulting from school closures and over-reliance on virtual ‘learning.’

Another $546 million in rent assistance funds will keep yet another unintended (but easily predicted) consequence of lockdown policies, and the deadline to qualify for $335 direct payments for parents is being extended until May 31, 2021.

It’s worth noting, this bill alone represents more than a two billion dollar price tag to clean up a mess created by bad government policies. Well, specifically, arbitrary and blatantly damaging policies forced upon the state unilaterally under the pretense of Pandemic Panic.

On the other end of things, actually fighting the virus instead of the unintended consequences of bad government policy, the bill designates $95 million for improved vaccine distribution.

The bill was read in to the N.C. House Thursday morning, with passage expected expeditiously; Governor Roy Cooper is expected to comment on the bill at his 3:00 PM press conference.

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