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House budget-writers offer no-debt school construction plan

March 19, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Some key North Carolina House Republicans are floating a plan to set aside billions of tax dollars for public education and state agency construction and for rural broadband without additional debt.

Budget chairmen Dean Arp of Monroe and Jason Saine of Lincolnton among others filed the bill on Tuesday, just days after the House overwhelmingly supported a $1.9 billion school bond referendum that Speaker Tim Moore championed.

The new pay-as-you-go proposal is similar to one Senate Republicans approved. Although Saine and Arp voted for Moore’s package, their measure shows lines of division among House Republicans that senators could manipulate in final construction negotiations this year.

Arp says the plan doesn’t “mortgage our children’s future” with building schools they need today.

Gov. Roy Cooper and fellow Democrats favor issuing debt.

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