RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's state budget includes spending choices on education, health care, and road construction. It also direct $1.3 million to one company picked by legislators and other state officials.
The $21 billion state budget given final approval by lawmakers on Wednesday includes a highly detailed description of what it would take for a company to supply water-cleaning technology for an experiment on Jordan Lake. The wording matches specifications of a product sold by Medora Corp. of Dickinson, N.D., meaning potential competitors would be unable to bid for the contract.
A consultant for the company is part-time UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Kenneth Hudnell, who said he met with Greensboro business boosters and representatives of Senate leader Phil Berger.
A Berger spokeswoman office did not respond to a request for comment late Wednesday.