THE STATE BUDGET - SENATE OMITTING IMPORTANT ITEMS FOR CHILDREN?
The Senate is meeting in private to construct its version of the two-year budget. Rumors are that the Senate leadership still plans to sunset the temporary taxes, which means they have about $300 million less to use to meet state needs. Senate Leaders are working to present a completed budget on Tuesday, May 29, and there are several troubling omissions.
Expanding Affordable Health Insurance to More Children UNFUNDED – Latest word is the Senate IS NOT funding Kids’ Care, also called Carolina Cares for Children, the health insurance proposal included in the House and Governor Easley’s recommended budgets. This is supported by the NC Pediatric Society, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, the Hospital Association, the Covenant with North Carolina’s Children and many others. Senators need to hear from you immediately about the importance of making affordable health insurance available to more children.