The state General Assembly gave final legislative approval to a $1 billion historic relief package last week that includes direct payments to North Carolina parents of $335 to cover unexpected childcare costs. The relief measure also increases North Carolina’s unemployment benefits for families to the second highest in the Southeast, while maintaining tax rates for employers still recovering from the pandemic and rehiring displaced workers. The legislation delivers on a top public school priority of holding education funding levels “harmless,” regardless of expected drops in enrollment. The “hold harmless” funding policy was cited by education leaders as the most important measure lawmakers could take to support North Carolina schools. Today, Republicans accomplished it.
Relief for North Carolinians in House Bill 1105 Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 includes:
“This is a historic day of promises kept for North Carolinians, the culmination of a decade of state government reform by this Republican General Assembly that allows us to continue investing in recovery for all our citizens today,” Speaker Moore said Thursday.
North Carolinians have endured a year filled with many challenges and difficult times. Thankfully, our Republican-led General Assembly acted quickly and effectively to deliver much-needed aid to those in need across the state.