Governor Cooper Secures SBA Disaster Declaration Request
On Wednesday, Governor Cooper announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) had granted the Governor's request for a disaster declaration for Carteret, Dare, Hyde and New Hanover and the contiguous counties of Beaufort, Brunswick, Craven, Currituck, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Tyrrell and Washington. This declaration allows residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian to apply for low-interest disaster assistance loans. The Governor also signed a state disaster declaration that to help North Carolinians who were affected by Hurricane Dorian but don't qualify for federal SBA loans.
"Today's state disaster declaration will help North Carolinians recovering from Hurricane Dorian get vital assistance necessary to recover,"
said Governor Cooper.
Learn more about assistance for Hurricane Dorian survivors HERE
100 Days of Waiting on Legislative Republicans to Work on the Budget
Thursday marked 100 days since Governor Cooper and Democrats sent a balanced compromise budget offer to Republicans without a response. In that time, the legislature has taken weeks off without negotiating a budget or passing a bill to raise teacher pay even though other state employees received one earlier this month.
The Governor's compromise would raise pay for teachers by 8.5 percent and expand access to healthcare for more than 500,000 North Carolinians.
"One hundred days have passed since I shared a commonsense compromise offer to Republican legislators, and with every day that passes without a counteroffer, our teachers, our public schools and our families suffer the consequences,"
Gov. Cooper said. "It's past time for everyone to put pride, tricks and stubbornness aside and negotiate a solution."
Along with raising teacher pay and expanding Medicaid, the Governor's compromise budget offer invests in classroom resources and HBCUs, guarantees school construction bonds and cuts taxes for North Carolinians. Read it HERE
Governor Discusses Worker Mobility and Tech Training Needs
On Tuesday, Governor Cooper attended North Carolina State University's Institute for Emerging Issues ReCONNECT forum in Charlotte. Governor Cooper described his work to improve economic mobility in North Carolina and how investing more in teachers and public schools is critical to creating a strong workforce.
Read about Gov. Cooper's remarks to ReCONNECT HERE
Later Tuesday afternoon, the Governor joined an after-school coding class at TechWorks Gaston. The nonprofit tech hub in Belmont is designed to spark students interest in technology.
"We have seen technology corridors and startup incubators in big cities, but we really haven't seen it in counties like Gaston,"
Gov. Cooper said. "Here, people are already responding in an overwhelmingly positive way."
Learn more about TechWorks and the Governor's visit HERE
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