Last March, President Biden and Democrats’ American Rescue Plan delivered critical COVID-19 relief to North Carolina. One year later, North Carolinians are still seeing the historic bill’s results.
What North Carolinians are seeing:
WRAL: American Rescue Plan Helping North Carolina One Year Later
CBS17: Breakdown: $307 million in American Rescue Plan funds invested into NC HBCUs
On Monday, the Department of Education announced a state-by-state breakdown of a record $2.7 billion in funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provided by the President’s American Rescue Plan. These funds were provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) over the past year. HBCUs create pathways to opportunity for Black students and foster academic excellence throughout our nation.
Fox46: 10 NC HBCUs to receive $300M+ from American Rescue Plan
North Carolina will receive over $300 million from the American Rescue Plan to enhance and grow its statewide Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the White House announced on Monday. The state will receive a grand total of $307 million for its 10 HBCUs with Alabama being the only state to receive more ($334M). $2.7 billion is being distributed nationwide. The infusion of money is among the largest ever for the country’s HBCUs.
WNCT: ARP funding continues to help ENC colleges and universities
One year ago, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The funding helped speed up the country’s economic recovery after the pandemic. Some of this money went to colleges and universities to help students. Pitt Community College is reflecting on how they’ve used and continue to use the $19 million they received. “We updated classrooms to WebX capable, we bought laptops and hotspots for students,” said Lee Bray, the director of financial aid at PCC. “We upgraded and got air purifiers, updated HVAC systems and even got bathrooms upgraded so we could be hands-free in the bathroom.
Meanwhile, a fact check by CBS17 confirmed that Senator Rick Scott’s Republican agenda would raise taxes on nearly 40 percent of North Carolinians – a reminder of what’s at stake in the midterms:
CB17: Fact check: Would you really pay more in income taxes under GOP senator’s proposal?