RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina political and business notables say a $2 billion bond package on the ballots in March is fiscally responsible, will help train people for in-demand jobs and aims to boost the state’s quality of life.
Gov. Pat McCrory, former Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and others spoke Tuesday at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where hundreds gathered for a pro-bond kickoff event. The legislature agreed last fall to put the bond question on the March 15 primary ballot. It’s the first such statewide referendum since 2000.
More than $1.3 billion of the debt would go to higher education construction projects.
Ann Goodnight with computer software giant SAS says university buildings for math and science education envisioned in the package would help North Carolina companies fill high-tech jobs.