Yep, It’s true. The House and Senate have successfully voted to override the Governor’s Budget Veto. The budget will become law on July 1. Click Here if you would like to read all 343 pages of the new law. If not…here’s an overview of some of it’s impact:
Highlights of the $19.7 billion budget for North Carolina state government & K-12 SCHOOLS
- require $124.2 million in additional savings as determined by local school districts, spread out from among the 115 districts.
- eliminate funds for Dropout Prevention Grant program, saving $13.3 million.
- reduce funding for new textbooks
- reduces instructional supplies funding allotment to districts by 46 percent
- eliminate mentoring funds for school districts
- eliminate staff development funds for school districts
- reduce by 20 percent, or $16 million, in funding for the More at Four prekindergarten program and transfer the program to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Health and Human Services
- reduce Smart Start funding by 20 percent, or $37.6 million.
- $5 million cut in grants and contracts to nonprofit health and human service providers;
Justice and Public Safety
- eliminate $1.1 million for nonprofit mediation centers.
- reduce funding for North Carolina Housing Finance Agency thereby reducing the Housing Trust Fund.
We want to hear from you!
So what? Even though this may be a state-wide budget, their will be cuts in our community and affect the funding that our programs rely on for support from the state level. What does this mean to you? What is your role? We all must learn how this effects you and advocate for the cause (or causes) close to your heart.
Let us know your thoughts on these changes that are happening right here, right now.