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Each year, our elected representatives have an extraordinary opportunity to use public policy to improve the lives of children and families in North Carolina. By expanding access to high-quality health care, strengthening our schools and early learning opportunities, and growing economic opportunity, policymakers can change a child’s life trajectory. Conversely, policy decisions can also create or worsen barriers to opportunity and success.

Aside from a few exceptions, the policies and budget decisions approved by legislators in 2015 were insufficient to meet the myriad challenges faced by North Carolina’s children and families. Specifically, the General Assembly:

  • Maintained recession-era levels of investment in children’s health and education.
  • Implemented additional cuts to state revenue.
  • Failed to close the health insurance coverage gap, leaving thousands of parents without health care and vulnerable to devastating medical debt.

While legislators took positive, incremental steps on a number of fronts, the impact of those policies will be limited by the overall lack of resources that permeates our health care, education, and justice systems.

To download the full report, click on the link below.

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Download: 2015 Legislative Summary

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