Greensboro didn’t do well in the 2023 legislative session.
Giving credit where credit is due, Bo Heath from McGuireWoods, the hired lobbyists for the City of Greensboro, didn’t try to spin a dismal legislative session for the city into a success at the City Council work session on Thursday, Oct. 26. Heath didn’t admit it was dismal, but he certainly didn’t imply that it was an overall success.
And that is not to say that there wasn’t some serious spinning going on to present the facts in their best light.
Much of the presentation was spent on what the state legislature accomplished in the 2023 session, which ended on Wednesday, Oct. 25. One would hope that the members of the Greensboro City Council were already aware that the legislature passed a budget that became law without the signature of Gov. Roy Cooper and that the budget included Medicaid expansion. But in case that slipped past some councilmembers, they had a highly paid lobbyist explain that to them.
Also, the legislature passed 144 bills that have become law. Of those, 19 bills were vetoed by Cooper and the legislature overrode the veto 19 times.
On the plus side for Greensboro, the city requested $50 million for remediation projects, which included Bingham Park and downtown sites, and received $11 million.
The city also received $7 million of the $2 billion allocated statewide for water and sewer projects. The projects are $5.5 million for water and wastewater improvements for the town of Pleasant Garden and $1.5 million for water and sewer service to Peacehaven Community Farm in Whitsett.
Winston-Salem, by comparison, received $20 million for unspecified water and sewer projects. According to the Triad Business Journal, Winston-Salem received a total of $123 million in the state budget. The information about Winston-Salem was not in the presentation given by McGuireWoods.
According to the report, six items on the Greensboro legislative agenda, including the request for remediation funding for Bingham Park and downtown, were introduced as bills.
The only other bill on the Greensboro Legislative Agenda that was passed into law was a statewide bill to allow civilian traffic inspectors. Greensboro had requested this as a local bill, but fortunately for Greensboro, a number of other jurisdictions in the state requested the same thing and it was passed into law.