UNCSA said in a statement Tuesday that the Stevens Center “continues to be our top capital priority, and we are grateful for the assistance of our Forsyth County delegation in introducing House Bill 131 to provide adequate capital funding for necessary renovations.”
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“We are also pleased that the UNC Board of Governors reaffirmed its support by including it on its list of both immediate repair needs and priorities for capital improvement.”
UNCSA emphasized that the facility “serves as our largest learning laboratory, is an economic engine for downtown Winston-Salem and a cultural destination for residents and visitors”.
A similar effort has been temporarily included in the 2019-20 state budget.
However, in June 2019 it fell victim to political hardball.
“The House of Representatives leadership urged the entire Forsyth County delegation to be in full agreement … and to support the budget,” said then MP Donny Lambeth, R-Forsyth, and the House’s senior budget writer.
“Only three of the five members of the delegation supported the budget and the conference report, so the appropriations were cut.”
Former MP Derwin Montgomery, D-Forsyth said he and Democratic MP Evelyn Terry learned in 2019 from the House’s leadership that funding for the Stevens Center renovation was contingent on not only support for a budget compromise, but also that Removal of a possible veto by the governor.