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By Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation
Grim budget forecast
Budget presentations were held in all Appropriation Committees this week including a full budget meeting on Thursday with Representatives and Senators present. Legislative staff let lawmakers know that North Carolina is facing a $271 million shortfall and plans will need to be made to fill this funding gap. North Carolina is facing this shortfall as a result of less revenue coming into our state following tax changes made during the 2013 legislative session. In the Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee, legislators were told they would need to prioritize services to fund in the budget. The Governor should have a proposed budget out by late February and then legislators will begin to work on the budgets in the House and the Senate before deciding on one final budget. Budget decisions should be finalized by July 1st, 2015 which is the start of the fiscal year.
Introduced Bills of Interest
Social Work Advocacy Day
Join us and hundreds of social workers on Wednesday, March 25th at the NC General Assembly to advocate for the profession! Learn the skills of advocacy, hear from other social workers in policy, and meet with your legislators for this one day event. Registration and more details can be found on our website! Session 1 is still open! When making an appointment with your legislators, please make sure to meet with your Representative AND Senator! They both need to hear from you!
Other Upcoming Advocacy Days