The 2014 budget illustrates the difficulty of effectively investing in critical state services and infrastructure without adequate revenue. Given this lack of available revenue, we appreciate that the budget provided new funding to educate children in Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) and a notable increase in funding for Child Protective Services, which has been an area of critical concern.
On the other hand, the outcomes for North Carolina children will be threatened in other priority areas where the budget fell short. Our future as a state depends on our ability to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. This means adequately investing in public services and structures that provide children and families with the support they need from infancy through young adulthood.