From our friends at Stronger NC, via their Facebook page:
The House and Senate are wrapping up the drawing of new legislative districts as ordered by the court, but with very little notice or opportunity for the public to view the final maps or have any explanations offered from which to create informed public comment.
However, there is a chance to speak in person today (Monday, 9/16) at noon in Room 643LOB, 300 N. Salisbury St. Raleigh.
If you can’t come in person, please submit comments online before Monday at this link.
For more information about redistricting, check out Patti's post from Thursday last week.
As Patti wrote on Thursday, the House voted to override Governor Cooper's budget veto on Wednesday. Read more about the surprise vote here.The Senate says they don't plan to have a budget vote until after redistricting wraps up on Tuesday, but everyone will be on the lookout.
This budget has been bouncing back and forth for what seems like forever, so what was in that budget anyway? Our friends at NC Child provided a budget summary (from 6/28 update). They say
the budget does more harm than good for kids, though there are a couple of bright spots. Here are the toplines:
NC DHHS: The funding cuts for NC DHHS jeopardize the department’s ability to carryout its mission of protecting the health and safety of North Carolinians. The administrative cut is big enough to eliminate all the state-funded staff for Division of Aging and Adult Services, the Division of Child Development and Early Education, the Division of Social Services, the Division of Services for the Blind and Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and part of the Division of Public Health combined. Combined with the mandated move to Granville, we are seriously concerned about NC DHHS’s capacity to continue basic operations.
Medicaid Shortfall: The budget underfunds Medicaid services by more than $60 million, which will leave $120 million in federal funds on the table. Together with the deep cuts to NC DHHS admin, this shortfall will make the transition to managed care even more difficult.
Early Childhood Education Funding: More than 30,000 children are on a waiting list for child care subsidies so that parents can work, and kids can get high-quality early education that prepares them to succeed in school. The budget includes only $3.2 M in additional funding for child care subsidies, which will not make a dent in the current waiting list.
On the positive side, the budget includes:
“Raise the Age” Funding: The compromise budget contains a significant increase in funding for community programs ($4.25M in FY20 and $6.67M in FY21), which will be critical to making this transition go smoothly.
Foster Care Rate Increase: The budget proposal includes $6.9M in new state funding in FY21 for an increase in foster care reimbursement rates. This important funding will help recruit and retain foster parents at a time when the need is at an all-time high.
Office of Child Fatality Prevention: The budget includes $150K in FY20 and $300K in FY21 for a new Office of Child Fatality Prevention.
Firearm Safety: The budget includes $90K in FY20 and $70K in FY21 for a Firearm Safe Storage Initiative.
- Contact your NCGA senator to demand that the Senate uphold Cooper's veto.
- Contact your NCGA House representative to either express support or let them know what you think of their action.
- Want to contact every member of the NCGA with a couple clicks?
- Retweet and amplify #iwillnotyield
- Let your friends and neighbors know about this! A lot of busy folks don't catch news the way you do.
Tags: (Budget, Redistricting, NCGA, NCPol)
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