Times are tough. Balancing a budget in such a harsh economic climate means making cuts in just about every area, right? Not if you're in charge of the budget in North Carolina. According to the N&O, Tough budget cuts go unmade.
It appears that the governor and her
minions colleagues in the NC Senate are satisfied with raiding pools of cash intended for specific purposes and slicing the budget for certain citizens who lack a powerful lobby - four year old children.
According to another N&O article, More at Four may face 'disaster.' We've discussed previously how important early access to quality organized education programs is to the continued success of children - especially those already at risk of being failed by the current education system. This is unacceptable. It's different if every program is facing tough cuts, but to only go after the programs that benefit children is appalling.
Shame on Governor Perdue and the NC Senate for writing a budget that hurts those least able to speak up for themselves.
Oh...and kids...if you happen to have a jar of pennies sitting around your room, you might want to hide it. Who knows which pool of money the governor will raid next.
Edited to reflect the Senate is stealing from children. Now we'll just have to see if Governor Perdue will let them get away with it.