McCrory, supporters cheer on passage of $2 billion Connect NC bond

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It didn’t take long for supporters of the Connect NC initiative backing a $2 billion bond to realize voters believed improvements across the state were needed too.

With just 25 percent of all ballot returns, the measure was declared a victory by supporters. It held a nearly 2-1 advantage over critics of the plan which would distribute bond money for higher education, infrastructure, agriculture and state park improvements.

Gov. Pat McCrory praised the efforts of both Republicans and Democrats in working together to come up with a package that voters could be sold on.

“We did it together as a team,” said McCrory. “We took apart the artificial barriers and we asked, ‘What is best for the next generation of North Carolina?’”

According to supporters, it has been 15 years since the last bond referendum for widespread state improvements was implemented and since then the population in the state has grown by 2 million people.

“There shows an importance in investing in this generation and the next generation moving forward,” said McCrory.

The governor said this bond referendum is also key because it helps the state stand out when being compared to its neighbors like Virginia and South Carolina.