The Budget & Tax Center has released a chart that compares highlights from the proposed budgets from the Governor, the Senate and the House, so you can see side-by-side exactly how the budgets are different on a number of points. Check out the whole chart here, or jump directly to a specific topic.
Smart public investments at the federal level can create jobs, raise wages, increase education, and help unlock economic prosperity for more people and places in our country. Here are four ways the President’s plan would take North Carolina in the opposite direction:
1. Trump’s budget on food assistance: Slashes food assistance by $193 billion over 10 years and shifts the cost of more than $100 billion in SNAP benefits, a longtime federal responsibility, to the states.
Effect on North Carolina: North Carolina is the 8th hungriest place in the US, with 15.9 percent of our people not always knowing where their next meal is coming from. In 2015, SNAP reached 1.6 million North Carolinians, targeting the most vulnerable folks to help ensure that older adults, veterans, and children get enough to eat each day. SNAP benefits help to stimulate the state’s economy too, pumping upward of $2 billion into the economy. On average, from 2011 to 2014, SNAP benefits lifted 175,000 North Carolinians, including 81,000 children, out of poverty.
The Budget & Tax Center has released its initial analysis of the N.C. Senate’s budget proposal in a Brief, “N.C. Senate fails to prepare for federal uncertainty, state’s growing needs.” The Brief follows the money to detail missed opportunities for North Carolina in order to give more tax cuts to the wealthy and profitable corporations, and how the Senate pays for its budget with over-collections, federal money and reductions to the UNC system, Public Health, Housing Finance and Environment and Natural Resources, among other programmatic cuts.
You can read the analysis here.
The Budget & Tax Center has released a new BTC Brief, “N.C. invests little to prevent child abuse and ultimately pays a higher price.” Reports of child abuse and neglect have increased 29 percent over the past 19 years in North Carolina, and the report outlines the importance of our fiscal decisions on the goal of protecting each child from abuse and neglect.
“The long-term impact of child abuse—and Adverse Childhood Experiences—is far-reaching; without a commitment to prevention and to effective systems and support for treatment, the effects of childhood abuse can generate a host of lifetime personal and societal costs.”
According to the report, the estimated annual nationwide cost of child abuse and neglect is $80 billion (2012 dollars), while North Carolina’s estimated annual share is $2.3 billion. As the report points out:
“A serious investment upfront to prevent child abuse is not only a moral imperative, it is more cost-effective than making investments after the fact to treat its costlier effects.”
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows how constitutional revenue limits, like the one proposed in North Carolina by the Senate, can impede state economies. From the report:
“A strong state economy requires high-quality public services like schools, public colleges and universities, and well-maintained infrastructure, among other services. Businesses need well-educated and qualified workers. They need convenient and well-functioning roads, bridges, and ports. And they’re more likely to locate in places with a good quality of life that includes publicly financed amenities like parks and libraries.
“Nevertheless, some states are considering building into their state constitutions restrictions on the growth of state revenue that makes such public investments possible. These restrictions can hurt a state’s ability to provide necessary services to its residents and businesses, putting at risk long-term growth and broadly shared prosperity.”
You can read the full report here.