NC President Pro Tem of the NC Senate Phil Berger and Speaker of the NC House of Representatives Tim Moore made brief tours of two Greensboro universities on Tuesday, August 13 to promote projects included in the state budget that’s yet to be adopted.
Berger and Moore were joined by other state lawmakers representing Guilford County.
The group went to NC A&T State University first to promote a $26 million state budget allocation for that campus.
After the 9:30 a.m. appearance at the Dowdy Building at A&T, the group of legislators, at 11 a.m. toured UNCG where the budget passed by the Republican legislature allocated $84 million for the expansion and renovation of the Jackson Library.
Those two projects are included in a 2019-2020 $24 billion state budget that passed the state legislature with bipartisan support. However, that proposal was vetoed by NC Gov. Roy Cooper and budget negotiations are currently in a stalemate.
The state money set to flow to A&T includes $7.5 million to enhance the college’s doctoral programs and $18.5 million for the renovation of Carver Hall.
At the time the NC General Assembly voted to approve the budget earlier this summer, NC House Rep. Jon Hardister stated that the Jackson Library renovation at UNCG is “a much-needed project that will enhance the campus and modernize the university.”