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Capitol Affairs: What’s in (or not) the NC Senate’s budget for Fayetteville

RALEIGH — Fayetteville’s airport would get nearly $2.3 million over the next two years under the budget the state Senate approved last week, while the Civil War history center proposed for the city would get nothing.

The budget would allocate $150 million statewide for Hurricane Matthew relief and $20 million to prepare the state for the nation’s next re-allocation of its military resources.

Those are some items of interest for the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg community as the legislature considers how to spend $22.9 billion in the 2017-18 fiscal year and $23.4 billion the following year. The budget has items of note for our community.

The allocation for the Fayetteville Regional Airport, at $1.14 million per year, would be used on capital projects, such as a taxiway, lighting, runways and ramp improvements, Airport Director Brad Whited said in April. The money comes from state taxes paid on rental cars, which are often rented at airports.

The Senate’s budget sets aside $150 million to help victims of this past October’s Hurricane Matthew. This storm caused severe damage in Fayetteville and Cumberland County as well as Robeson and Bladen counties in the Cape Fear region.

The funding includes $70 million in aid to be added to $201 million in relief the legislature approved in December. Another $80 million would be set aside to provide matching funds for federal aid that requires the state or local governments to put in money in order to receive assistance.

The Senate budget creates a $20 million Military Presence Stabilization Fund in the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The fund is intended to lessen the risk that the military bases in North Carolina will be shrunk or closed when the federal government next conducts a BRAC, or Base Realignment and Closure.

Read the complete article here.

The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.


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