The bill garnered bipartisan support among legislators and was presented to Gov. Pat McCrory Thursday. McCrory is expected to sign the bill and, if he does, voters will be asked to approve the bonds in March. After the vote, the first bond issuance is expected mid-2016.
The money given to the School of Medicine will be used to replace Berryhill Hall. According to Karen McCall, spokesperson for the School of Medicine, a new building is desperately needed.
“Right now the School of Medicine does not have an appropriate environment in which to instruct medical students — the lack of an adequate building for medical education threatens our accreditation, so a new building has to be a top priority for the University,” she said.
The bill will not entirely cover the $100 million price tag of the new building, but it does reverse the recent trend of decreased state funding — the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System have faced a budget cut of 40 percent since 2008, McCall said.
McCall said she is hopeful the state will provide more funding for medical education in the future.
“We are optimistic that the legislature is beginning to recognize the need to provide funding for medical education as witnessed by the $1 million funding of the Medical Scholars Program in this past legislative session,” McCall said.