RALEIGH -- Sen. Ralph Hise and Rep. Dudley Greene said McDowell County will see critical improvements in the compromise state budget approved by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Rep. Greene for his help in securing these appropriations," Hise said in a news release. "We’ve spent months negotiating in good faith with the Governor. I’m proud to see this budget has finally been signed into law. For the past decade, Republicans in the General Assembly have enacted smart, fiscally conservative spending plans. It’s our responsibility to spend North Carolinians’ dollars wisely and this year’s budget builds on that with sweeping tax cuts and major infrastructure improvements, including $19,227,909 for McDowell County.”
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, “Sen. Hise was instrumental in getting critical infrastructure and other projects approved for his district,” according to the news release from Hise.
In addition to supporting the sweeping tax cut and infrastructure plan, Sen. Hise and Rep. Greene successfully advocated for the following projects:
McDowell County Total: $19,227,909
• McDowell County capital improvements: $350,000
• McDowell County water/sewer projects: $11,000,000
• McDowell County Local Food Advisory Council for completion of a food hub: $75,000
• McDowell County Recreation Center repairs and renovations: $4,500,000
• McDowell Technical Community College Public Safety training upgrades: $1,000,000
• McDowell Technical Community College repairs and renovations: $ 2,173,649
• McDowell Local Health Department Grant: $129,260
The state budget includes $100 million in recurring funds for a new state-funded teacher salary supplement for lower-wealth counties to help them recruit and retain high-quality teachers.
The state also budget also sets in motion a 10-year, $16.1 billion cash infrastructure and capital plan. It also includes a sweeping tax cut that reduces the personal income tax rate to 3.99% over six years and increases the zero-tax bracket to $25,500 for married filers. It increases the child tax deduction by $500 per child and eliminates the state income tax on military pensions.