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Connect NC Bond Proposal: Pros, Cons & Politics

Photo: A voting ballot
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For the first time in 15 years, North Carolina voters will consider a bond referendum on their primary ballot. The funds from the $2 billion ‘Connect NC Bond’ would go toward general improvement in higher education, infrastructure, and state parks, with nearly half of the funds slated for projects in the UNC System. Supporters include Governor Pat McCrory, Senate president pro tempore Phil Berger, and high profile business leaders like Ann Goodnight of SAS, who all argue that the state’s infrastructure needs repair.

The North Carolina Justice Center completed a comprehensive report about the referendum that states"construction activities funded through the bond could create 5,000 jobs over a five eyear period, and put almost $1.5 billion into the pockets of North Carolina workers and business owners."Opposition comes from a small but vocal group of fiscal conservatives who argue the proposal is misleading and does not include enough specific detail, including Nicole Revels of Lenoir, NC whose website "Against The Bond" is gaining traction. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC capitol bureau reporter Jorge Valencia about the latest.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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