Easley stimulus plan gets green light

January 6, 2009 3:50:17 PM PST
Governor Mike Easley's plan to spend millions on capital improvement projects in an attempt to stimulate the state economy got a thumbs up from the Council of State Tuesday.The Governor's office estimates the $744.15 million in spending will generate about 26,000 jobs.

“This stimulus package will help keep North Carolinians on the job even in the face of the troubled national economy,” Easley said in a statement sent out to the media. “I continue to urge the new president and Congress to pass a federal economic stimulus package as soon as possible so we can get to work on more projects to keep us moving ahead.”

Governor Easley said the projects are not only good for the economy, the government is getting a good deal by putting them out to bid now because construction costs have been pushed down by the current economic climate.

The projects that total $744.15 million are:

  • $45.2 million - Dept. of Correction: Women’s Health and Mental Health Facility
  • $13.1 million - Dept. of Correction: Minimum Security Addition, Scotland County
  • $19.9 million - Dept. of Correction: Medium Security Addition, Bertie County
  • $13.1 million - Dept. of Correction: Minimum Security Addition, Tabor City
  • $19.9 million - Dept. of Correction: Medium Security Addition , Lanesboro
  • $2.9 million - Dept. of Cultural Resources: CSS Neuse Phase I (20,000 sq. ft. bldg.)
  • $2 million - State Ports: Port-wide Berth Structure Construction, Morehead City
  • $5 million - State Ports: Berth 8 Replacement Phase I, Wilmington
  • $3.7 million - Dept. of Ag.: Southeastern NC Agricultural Center Pavilion
  • $650,000 - Dept. of Ag.: Truck Shed & Restroom Expansion, WNC Farmer's Market
  • $7.5 million - Dept. of Ag.: Davis Arena Renovation & Expansion WNC Ag. Center
  • $4.3 million - Dept. of Env. and Nat. Resources: Research Oyster Hatchery
  • $10 million - Dept. of Env. and Nat. Resources: Land for Tommorrow Funds
  • $2.7 million - Dept. of Env. and Nat. Resources: Zoo Polar Bear Addition and Renovation
  • $107 million - Dept. of Env. and Nat. Resources: Green Square Complex
  • $69 million - East Carolina University: School of Dentistry
  • $36.8 million - East Carolina University: Family Medicine and Geriatric Center
  • $18 million - Elizabeth City State University: School of Education Building
  • $2.4 million - A&T State University: Horse Barns, Upper Piedmont Research Station
  • $20.5 million - A&T State University: General Classroom Instructional Facility
  • $24.5 million - N.C. Central University: School of Nursing Building
  • $11.1 million -UNC School of the Arts: Central Storage Facility
  • $12.9 million - UNC School of the Arts: Film School Production Design Facility
  • 109.1 million - N.C. State University: Centennial Campus Library
  • $4 million - N.C. State University:4-H Campus Improvements
  • $69 million - UNC Chapel Hill: School of Dentistry Addition
  • $57.2 million - UNC Charlotte: Energy Production Infrastructure Center
  • $42.7 million - UNC Greensboro: Academic Classroom and Office Building
  • $10 million - UNC General Administration Land Acquisition

The Council of State is made up of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Commissioners of Agriculture, Labor and Insurance; the Attorney General; the State Treasurer; the Secretary of State; the State Schools Superintendent; and the State Auditor. The council approves all property transactions and major capital improvements projects done in the state.


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