Leadership needed to insure more children

Tom Vitaglione, a senior fellow at Action for Children NC, had a great editorial discussing the latest Child Health Report Card. He also urges clear leadership from Gov. Perdue to produce a budget that maintains services for children.

You should read the entire editorial, but here’s the last few paragraphs:

That protection needs to come from a champion. The decision-making processes in the General Assembly are too diffuse to expect a clear vision of healthy and safe children to emerge from that body. The role of champion thus falls to the governor, who has the opportunity to set the tone and the vision in the creation of her budget proposal for the next biennium.

Balancing needs with resources is the major challenge our leaders face, and the revenue outlook means that difficult choices will have to be made. In hoping for that balance, we note that in a recent report on “business-friendliness” North Carolina ranks third. Yet, as noted above, the state ranks 37th in what could be called “child-friendliness.”

These laudable goals need not be competing. But surely, our children deserve better than 37th.

Indeed.

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