Senate leaders unveiled their proposed budget late last night. The $20.58 billion spending plan is just $17 million shy of Governor McCrory's proposed budget and represents a 2.3 percent increase over the current budget. The Senate proposed steeper cuts to Medicaid than the Governor, to make up for a larger gap than expected, and cuts to pre-K.
The author Pearl S. Buck once wrote, “If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.”
A recent report from the United Nations Children’s Fund reveals that our country is failing us all.
The UNICEF report compares child well-being in 29 of the world’s most advanced economies. The U.S. ranked 26th in overall child well-being and in the bottom seven countries in material well-being; health and safety; educational well-being; housing and environment; and life satisfaction.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Hundreds of advocates for North Carolina children say they came to Raleigh to encourage General Assembly members to invest in education and health care and reduce the number of people tried as adults for low-level crimes.
Doctors, child care operators, parents and law enforcement officials visited legislators on Wednesday and tried to highlight the importance of funding programs that help children. They came following several years of spending cuts under both Democratic and Republican leadership at the legislature.
North Carolina considers 'Toxic-Free Kids Act', Chemical Watch Global Risk and Regulation News (04.23.2013)
The North Carolina General Assembly is considering legislation that would prohibit use of certain chemicals in children’s products sold in the state. It would also establish a list of high concern and priority chemicals and require children’s product manufacturers to report on the use of these chemicals and assess alternatives to ensure their human health safety.
Young enough for adult trial? Bill would prosecute 13-year-olds on felonies, The Charlotte Post ( 04.18.2013)
How young is too young to stand trial as an adult?
A bill that would give prosecutors authority to try juveniles in N.C. Superior Court has galvanized children’s rights and civil rights advocates.
On April 17, 2013 Rep. Marilyn Avila and advocates held a press conference on the Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act (H725). This legislation raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 16 to 18 years old for misdemeanors.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of advocates for North Carolina children visited Raleigh on Wednesday to encourage General Assembly members to invest in education and health care and reduce the number of teenagers tried as adults for low-level crimes.
Doctors, child care operators, parents and law enforcement officials visited legislators and heard speeches on the lawn behind the Legislative Building as toddlers and others played in the midday sun with hula hoops and a life-sized game of Chutes and Ladders.
Action for Children North Carolina is proud to CELEBRATE 30 YEARS of success in advocating for children’s health, safety, education and economic security.
Stay tuned for more events and information on this year of celebration!