FACTSHEET: Across the State, North Carolinians Vote for Public Investments

By Victoria Crouse
Budget & Tax Center

November 2016

North Carolinians who cast their ballots this year made several critical choices. Among these were important ballot initiatives to increase public investment in transit, housing, schools, parks and redevelopment, in multiple counties. Research shows that quality infrastructure can help raise the living standard in diverse communities and boost productivity. By choosing to devote resources to these efforts, we as voters and community members take part in the creation of more equitable communities. 
But the work does not end there. To build thriving communities, we must also invest in more than physical infrastructure.  Our state budget and policy choices can ensure that our state and local communities are inclusive and equitable for all. There is much work to be done in the realms of healthcare, education, housing, immigration policy and others.  We must continue to use our voices to promote the idea that every community can deliver opportunity. 
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