RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina General Assembly has advanced quickly a Republican proposal to spend another $1 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds.
The Senate voted on Wednesday for the package, which includes giving direct payments of $335 for parents.
The GOP package also includes money for coronavirus testing, tracing and personal protective equipment.
Funds would raise weekly unemployment benefits by $50 and give Election Day poll workers another $100.
The House is expected to vote Thursday on the measure and send it to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who didn’t seek the direct payments in his COVID-19 spending proposal last week.