Funding uncertain for Brody with no state budget

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As lawmakers continue to try to agree on a new state budget, many in the East are left with a lot of questions. One of them is the Brody School of Medicine.

Back in March during a tour of the ECU Heart Institute, Gov. McCrory promised to appropriate $8 million each of the next two years to Brody to help with educating students. However, Brody doesn’t know whether they will actually get that money until the budget is passed.

Rep. Brian Brown said he intends to continue to fight for Brody in the House.

“I’m just very, very excited of the fact that we’ve been able to retain those dollars in the budget up to this point,” Rep. Brown said.

Sen. Don Davis said he understands the concern many are feeling without a budget.

“You’re moving with uncertainty and speculation that we’re going to come through in the budget,” Sen. Davis said.

The Brody School of Medicine has had nearly 2,300 physicians graduate, more than 50 percent of whom practice in the state. Of those, one in five practices in the East.

Rep. Brown said he is hopeful a budget will be passed within the next few weeks.

“We’re a long way away from where we were, but a long way away from where we need to be,” he said.

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