2019-2021 State Budget

Governor Cooper’s 2019-2021 Budget Proposal

Governor Roy Cooper released his 2019-2021 fiscal biennium budget proposal on March 6th, titled Investments for a Determined North Carolina. It includes programs and funds to address many county legislative goals. In particular, the Governor’s proposed budget, along with the creation of a broadband task force, helps achieve the NCACC’s top two legislative goals for the biennium. A statewide bond proposal directs funds to K-12 and community college capital needs. The budget also increases grant funds for broadband access, increases funding for early childhood education, expands Medicaid, plans for Medicaid Transformation, and budgets to implement Raise the Age legislation. Further details are below, and the full budget document is located here.

The Governor submitted his recommended budget to the General Assembly, and budget discussions are underway at the legislature. This biennium, the House will take up the budget first, introducing an appropriations bill for fiscal years 2019-2021. Then, the Senate will make its modifications. The two chambers will negotiate any differences, with the goal of passing a budget by July 1, before the start of the next fiscal year.

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  1. Education
  2. Health/Human Services
  3. Broadband Access
  4. Justice  & Public Safety
  5. Environment
  6. Other


  • Includes $2 billion for K-12 school capital needs in the Governor’s $3.9 billion General Obligation Bond proposal, with each county receiving a minimum of $10 million. The full amounts each school district receives under the proposal are found here.
  • Appropriates $15 million for building improvements related to safety and security at K-12 schools
  • Raises teacher pay an average of 9.1 percent over two years and appropriates $6.8 million to restore Master’s pay for classroom teachers
  • Includes $40 million in flexible funding for local school districts to hire more nurses, school counselors, psychologists, and social workers to directly support student mental health and to hire additional School Resource Officers
  • Appropriates $5 million to fund programs to recruit, retain, and support North Carolina's public school educators, and includes an additional $5 million for teacher professional development
  • Reduces funding for Opportunity Scholarship Grants (private school voucher) by $28.7 million as a gradual elimination of the program

Community Colleges

  • Includes $500 million for community college capital needs in Governor’s $3.9 billion General Obligation Bond proposal
  • Establishes $45 million NC GROW (Getting Ready for Opportunities in the Workforce) scholarship for students in high-demand curricula in fields with documented employer demand and competitive wages
  • Establishes a $5 million grant program to help university and community college students on the cusp of graduating when unforeseen financial emergency threatens enrollment
  • Increases funding by $11.2 million for short-term continuing education and workforce development courses leading to industry credentials