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.

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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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