NC lawmakers looking at billions more in federal virus aid

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are starting to fill in more details on distributing the latest tranches of coronavirus relief money approved in Washington.

The Senate’s budget-writing committee recommended on Thursday legislation that would formally appropriate well over $6 billion allocated for North Carolina in the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress. That law already determined how this money must be used.

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This legislation doesn’t address spending $5 billion more earmarked for North Carolina. Lawmakers have more discretion in how to spend that cash.

Thursday’s bill also adjusts a state law limiting how much rental and utility aid could be awarded in each county.