NCRLA applauds the General Assembly and Gov. Cooper for working together to pass and sign the State Budget on Thursday, Nov. 18. With the adoption of the state budget, NC policy makers sent a strong message of support to struggling NC restaurants, hotels, bars, attractions and venues. The budget includes a number of key measures the hospitality industry has been asking for in order to help speed its recovery, after pandemic shutdowns and mandates wreaked havoc on the state’s hospitality and tourism industry.
Hospitality industry priorities that NCRLA directly lobbied for and that are included in the state’s budget bill (SB 105) are:
- $500 million in direct state grants to businesses that experienced losses of 20% or more during the pandemic
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Expense Deductibility
- $5 Million for Hospitality Industry Workforce Development
- $400,000 in Funding for ProStart—High School Career and Technical Education Programming to Prepare Students for Hospitality Industry Careers
- $30 million in Additional Tourism Marketing Funds
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