Commission Says Billion Dollars Needed For Conservation

A legislative study commission
recommends that North Carolina spend an additional one billion
dollars over five years to protect natural, historic and cultural
The Land and Water Conservation Commission had considered asking
for a one billion dollar bond issue to pay for natural
protection and restoration. But the recommendation doesn't
specify how much of the money would come from debt funding versus
taxes and fees.
The group also proposed that the Legislature create a committee
that will look collectively at competing requests for money to
shore up the state's infrastructure, including financing for
schools, transportation and affordable housing.
Commission members held three hearings across the state this
month to get public comment on their ideas. The recommendations may
be turned into legislation to be introduced after the General
Assembly convenes this week.