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Easley budgets money for children, needy

Posted May 8, 2008

— Gov. Mike Easley said Thursday that his 2008-09 budget proposal will recommend spending $31 million to help children and others in need.

He will present the budget to state lawmakers next week when the General Assembly convenes for its short session.

“One of the most important roles of government is to look after and protect the basic human rights of those who cannot stand up for themselves,” Easley said in a statement. “Without this support, these people would be neglected and would not receive the critical aid they need o help them lead fuller lives and be productive members of our society.”

The proposed budget includes the following spending:

  • $10.4 million to match federal child health insurance funding to serve an additional 10,683 children in need.
  • $9 million in federal block grant dollars to take 1,110 children off child care waiting lists.
  • $8.3 million to increase foster care and adoption payments to encourage quality care for more children.
  • $1 million for the Health Quality Initiative, which will standardize the level of care and insurance coverage for diabetes, asthma, hypertension, congestive heart failure and heart attack – the five most chronic conditions.
  • $1 million to increase inspections of poultry plants and ensure proper working conditions.
  • $1 million to help homeowners who face foreclosure find alternatives. Housing counselors working with the state Housing Finance Agency and the state Commissioner of Banks will help develop deferred payments, modified loan terms, freezing interest rates or other options to keep people in their homes.
  • $714,000 to help prevent exposure to agricultural pesticides, including increased education efforts for farm workers, additional trainers, increased field inspections and compliance monitoring and illness and injury reporting.
  • $600,000 to assist rape victims and pay for medical examination and evidence kits.

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  • s.wake.co May 9, 2008

    “One of the most important roles of government is to look after and protect the basic human rights of those who cannot stand up for themselves,” Easley said in a statement.

    If this were true, why is abortion legal in this country? Easley is a hypocrite of titanic proportions.

  • Corvus May 8, 2008

    We always get left out of his budget. He is to busy letting the illegal immigrants go to the community colleges.

  • beachboater May 8, 2008

    Headlines said the state collected $90 million more than expected in April.

    Easley asked for $350 thousand to help poultry workers whom he acknowledged could be illegal aliens. This morning he wanted more, and now it's up to $31 MILLION.

    "$1 million to increase inspections of poultry plants and ensure proper working conditions." That's up from $350 thousand yesterday.

    Sleazley is a joke and January cannot come fast enough for me.

    He has momicked up the budget for 8 straight years. Go Home Sleazley. PLEASE!!!

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  • thewayitis May 8, 2008

    WhatsInAName -- why do you think it's fair to take money from one working parent to give it to another? Basically, I am being robbed to take care of someone else's responsibility. Believe me, I'm not heartless, but charity should take place through churches and private organizations, not through taxpayer money. If the government didn't take all of our money to fund its pet programs, then more of us would be able to make donations to organizations that we would choose to sponsor.

    Oh, and it's OK to be poor. It's not a sin, and it's not against the law. People aren't entitled to have all of the trappings of modern society without earning it. Many people have grown up poor, yet still learned how to take care of themselves.

    There are certain things that the government is responsible for taking care of with taxpayer dollars, but childcare and healthcare are not in this group. Since when do people feel this is a government responsibility? It never has been, nor should it ever be.

  • scientistjo May 8, 2008

    "The more handouts we give people, the more they will expect."

    Yeah, those hospitalized 8 month olds are always looking for a handout! Get a job kids!

  • pcguysgirl May 8, 2008

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  • whatevah May 8, 2008

    all these negative comments. These parents need childcare in order to work. No childcare is provided for someone who stays at home watching Maury all day. I rather they work and are provided help with chidcare (in lots of cases a portion is paid) instead of sitting home bleeding the system.

  • Pilot May 8, 2008

    This is pitiful! GIMME, GIMME, GIMME. It's not surplus, it's TAXPAYERS MONEY. Remember in November! Had enough yet Noth Calina?

  • enoughsenough May 8, 2008

    Are these legal kids we are helping? Wait let me guess.