On Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper signed Senate Bill 105 budget that will deliver funds across the state, including the Roanoke Valley.

Cooper said in a press release the budget will move North Carolina forward in important ways.

“Funding for high-speed internet, our universities and community colleges, clean air and drinking water and desperately needed pay increases for teachers and state employees are all critical for our state to emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever,” he said. “I will continue to fight for progress where this budget falls short but believe that, on balance, it is an important step in the right direction.”

The bill includes funds for areas of the Roanoke Valley:

• $1,000,000 to Halifax County for a flooding abatement project on Chockoyotte Creek in the City of Roanoke Rapids.

• $250,000 to Halifax County to mitigate flooding in the Town of Scotland Neck that is endangering a local health care facility.

• $250,000 to Halifax County to address downtown flooding in the Town of Littleton.

• $300,000 to Northampton County to address culvert capacity issues in the Town of Rich Square for flood mitigation on downtown roads.

The bill also included $2,500,000 will go toward establishing the “Failure Free Reading” program to support middle school students in authorized public schools who read below grade level. The program will use data assessment of student success of middle school students who continue to struggle with reading and students who suffered learning loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local superintendents in public school units with authorized public schools may apply for a portion of the funds at a rate of $250 per student.

The following public schools are authorized to participate in the program:

• Conway Middle in Northampton County Schools

• Enfield Middle S.T.E.A.M. Academy in Halifax County Schools

• Weldon Middle in Weldon City Schools

• William R. Davie Middle S.T.E.M. Academy in Halifax County Schools

The bill also established the North Carolina Rural Tourism Recovery Pilot Program for Chowan, Edgecombe, Gates, Graham, Halifax, Haywood, Hertford, Madison, Martin, Mitchell, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington and Yancey counties.

Halifax Community College will receive $2,996,526, according to the bill.

Additionally, Odom Correctional Institution will be transferred to Northampton County.

Read Tuesday’s edition for a story with Rep. Michael Wray and his significant involvement with the budget.