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Raleigh–Gov. Roy Cooper today signed HB 200, a disaster aid bill that includes $1.7 million for Ocracoke School.

“This legislation helps families recovering from Dorian and previous storms, especially those left behind by the federal government,” said Ford Porter, a spokesman for the governor, in a press release. “The Governor pushed for this funding and the Republican leadership was willing to risk losing it by attaching unrelated political power grabs, but the Governor believes helping these survivors must prevail.”

Last week, the N.C. House and Senate almost unanimously (100-1 in the House and 45-0 in the Senate) passed House Bill 200, which appropriates $1.7 million for repairs to the Ocracoke School and $5 million specifically for Hurricane Dorian recovery grants to local governments, with an additional $10 million grant program intended to aid in recovery from named storms since 2016’s Matthew.

A handful of Ocracoke Islanders and friends lobbied members of the legislature prior to their approving this bill.  See that story here.

Gov. Roy Cooper visited Ocracoke right after Hurricane Dorian struck. Photo: Peter Vankevich
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  1. Wonderful news! Hopefully it won’t take long for the actual monies to reach the folks who need it. As always, thank you Connie and Peter for all you do to keep us informed.

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