There has not been any organized opposition to the statewide $2 billion bond on the March 15 primary election ballot, whose supporters kicked off their campaign on Tuesday, until now.
A small group of opponents have kicked off their own campaign with a website, which includes comments state Rep. Larry Pittman, a Concord Republican; Rep. Mark Brody, a Monroe Republican; and Lisa Carpenter Baldwin, who is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Apodaca, a Republican from Hendersonville.
Pittman and Brody voted against the bond vote when it came up in the General Assembly.
According to The Insider’s Patrick Gannon, who first reported on the opposition group:
NC Against the Bond has a Facebook page and website, http://againstthebond.com, where residents can go to sign a petition against the bonds.
Lisa Carpenter Baldwin, one of three Republicans vying for the GOP nomination in Senate District 48, deemed the bond a “pork barrel of pet political projects that will saddle the next generation with debt.”
“If university facilities, parks, the zoo and agricultural research are a priority, then these projects should be in the budget," she said in a statement.
The $2 billion worth of projects expected to be paid with bond dollars include university and community college infrastructure, parks and North Carolina Zoo improvements and N.C. National Guard and agricultural projects. On its website, NC Against the Bond points out that the funding wouldn't pay for transportation projects or K-12 education programs.