Back in 2016, Senator Don Davis voted against affordable college – the new $500 tuition program at Elizabeth City State University. https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/Votes/RollCallVoteTranscript/2015/S/1016
The program went on to pass in the General Assembly and become a success story – with a 38% growth in enrollment at the school – a boost to education in northeastern NC.
On votes that could override Governor Cooper’s veto, Senator Davis has stabbed them in the back again – voting against vital funding that could help ECSU fund basic maintenance. https://www.ncleg.gov/Legislation/Votes/RollCallVoteTranscript/2019/S/281
The University’s Administration has been sounding an alarm that failure to pass a state budget hurts Elizabeth City State. https://twitter.com/karilynntravis/status/1225477033821720578?s=21
ECSU trustees issued a resolution pleading for help in breaking the state budget deadlock.
They said the lack of state budget passage “adversely affects ECSU, faculty, students, and communities we serve and threatens the ability of ECSU to serve the citizens of Northeastern North Carolina and contribute to the economic vitality of the region.”
ECSU officials say passage of the state budget would enable almost $40 million in funding for infrastructure and facility expansion. The jump in enrollment has created the need for capital projects to handle the growth and projects like chiller and HVAC replacement and repairs, a new ECSU library and a state/campus crime lab. https://newsroom.ecsu.edu/ecsu-board-of-trustees-issues-state-budget-resolution/
Indeed, the legislature put ECSU in high gear with its $500 tuition plan but because of politics – it now can’t keep up basic maintenance needs. A healthy Historically Black University like ECSU is important to Northeast NC and it is obvious Senator Don Davis is helping Governor Cooper block the budget. All to meet Cooper’s political agenda.
It’s a sad commentary that Senator Davis continues to play politics that hurts those students seeking degrees and preparing for jobs, and the families that support them.