Carolina Public Press: Details on how McCrory budget affects WNC programs, facilities

From Carolina Public Press:
“Details emerge on how McCrory’s proposed state budget impacts WNC”
by Kirk Ross

From cuts to economic development and museum programs to additional funds for trout fisheries and DOT maintenance facilities, Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed budget reveals how Western North Carolina would fare if the suggested statewide spending plan is approved.

In remarks made at the old state Capital on Wednesday, McCrory said his $20.6 billion budget plan focuses on fixing what’s broken in state government while rebuilding recession-depleted reserve funds and investing in education. …

• Cultural attractions: The birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance, in Weaverville, and the Museum of History’s Old Fort/Mountain Gateway center, in Old Fort, would be among four historic sites to be shuttered and staff laid off to save a total of $498,712. Though closed, the sites would still be maintained according to the budget plan. …

• Pass-through funding: The budget cuts money the state grants to several nonprofits and organizations. The state’s Regional Economic Development Centers, including the Fletcher-based AdvantageWest, would see reductions, as would the state’s Grassroots Science Museum programs at the Highlands Nature Center, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, WNC Nature Center and Colburn Earth Science Museum, both in Asheville, and Kidsenses Children’s Interactive Museum, in Rutherfordton. …


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