Rep. Scott Stone joined other legislators yesterday approving $50 million for immediate disaster relief efforts, plus $6.5 million to pay school employees who are out of work, and more will be coming in the future. The initial relief funding will allow the state to apply for and accept federal funding. In addition, the General Assembly approved measures which would waive the requirements for schools to make up missed days due to Hurricane Florence. Teachers will not be penalized for the days which were cancelled.
The $56 million appropriation, which is likely a small portion of what will ultimately be provided to victims of Hurricane Florence, will be taken from the Rainy Day Fund, which has a balance of more than $2 billion.