Uncategorized

Budget-writers fail to fund eugenics compensation, Sterilization Victims Foundation (Audio)

North Carolina eugenics victims, who had hoped this would finally be the year they would receive compensation, were denied again with the release of the state budget on Wednesday.

House and Senate budget writers ultimately did not include $10 million in the budget bill, which would have given $50,000 to each victim of North Carolina’s state-sponsored sterilization program.

Senate President Phil Berger told reporter Wednesday that there was no consensus on that provision in his chamber.

Senator Don East made that clear a week ago, when he said that he did not have anything to do with the program, and the state should not have to shoulder the burden now.

Rep. Earline Parmon, who has championed the eugenics bill for nearly a decade, believes the state still has a moral obligation to make amends to those it harmed.  Parmon joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to talk about the eugenics bill. (You can listen to a preview of that interview below.)

Also today the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation announced it was suspending the intake of new victim verification requests due to a lack of funding in the budget.

Foundation Executive Director Charmaine Fuller Cooper said the Foundation’s current operational funding is scheduled to expire on June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

To date, the Foundation has verified 146 living victims of the sterilization program in 57 counties.

Fuller Cooper and others who support compensation note that time is not on the side of the aging victims.

Check Also

The Week’s Top Five on NC Policy Watch

1. North Carolina’s greatest scandal continues UNC center’s ...

Top Stories from NCPW

  • News
  • Commentary

Just days after a North Carolina official tapped a Robeson County elementary for a controversial cha [...]

Two groups seeking state contracts to run struggling North Carolina schools have professional ties t [...]

North Carolinians will lose their “precious right to vote,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader [...]

Saturday nights at the 311 Motor Speedway in rural Pine Hall smell of fast food and fuel. Wooden ble [...]

Why the legislature now operates this way and why it’s a big problem The North Carolina General Asse [...]

The post NCAA Legitimacy Deflated appeared first on NC Policy Watch. [...]

There are lots of reasons for people to get off of the sidelines and commit themselves to new and su [...]

4---number of days since The Trump administration announced its decision to halt cost-sharing subsid [...]

Featured | Special Projects

NC Budget 2017
The maze of the NC Budget is complex. Follow the stories to follow the money.
Read more


NC Redistricting 2017
New map, new districts, new lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know about gerrymandering in NC.
Read more