Late last night, the NC Senate released its version of the state budget. The news for Teen Pregnancy Prevention is not good. We need your immediate help to try to save North Carolina's stellar Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives.
We need you to take action now! Senate Appropriations Committee leaders will start discussing the cuts tomorrow morning at 8:30 AM. And, don't let up! Any contact you make in the next 1-2 weeks can help.
Over the last two decades, our state has reduced teen pregnancy by more than 50% - a change that has saved taxpayers billions of dollars and improved countless lives. If this budget passes, we could all lose.
What We Could Lose
The Senate budget cuts two critical line items. Together, these cuts will eliminate 16 teen pregnancy prevention projects - nearly 30% of all projects. We don't know which counties or local agencies will be cut, but we know those counties - and their young people - will suffer.
The specific line items cut are:
- $450,000 cut in Federal TANF Block Grant Funds will eliminate 8 local programs. (This cut was also in the House budget.)
- The removal of a $650,000 designation for pregnancy prevention from the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant will eliminate 8 additional local programs, as well as APPCNC's services to help local projects. (In other words, the total MCH block grant is there, but the requirement to use it for pregnancy prevention is gone.)
As of right now, the budget maintains the $2.5 million federal TANF Block Grant funds to maintain some local programs.
What To Do
We need you to contact the Senate leaders starting this afternoon. You can make the most immediate impact by going directly to the members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. After tomorrow, keep contacting the leadership and your Senators.
Ask them to:
- Designate $650,000 specifically for teen pregnancy prevention in the Women's Health line item of the federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant. (This restores the designation in the House's budget, and will save 8 local projects.)
- Restore $450,000 in TANF funding for teen pregnancy prevention to save an additional 8 local projects.
- Continue to support the $2.5 million in federal TANF Block Grant funding that the House included for local pregnancy prevention projects and health departments.
As always, remind them of the critical importance of preventing teen pregnancy has on young people, community well-being, and our state and local budgets.
Curious about how we got here? See our 2012 Action Alerts for more details about this year's budget process.
Who to Contact
Senate Appropriations Co-Chairs
O: 919- 733-5850
O: 919-781-3464 (Wake)
Senator Richard Stevens (R) (Co-Chairperson)
O: (919) 733-5653
B: (919) 851-0228 (Wake)
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Senator Stan Bingham (R) Co-Chairman
O: (919) 733-5665
B: (336) 859-0999 (Davidson, Guilford)
Senator Andrew C. Brock (R) Co-Chairman
O: (919) 715-0690
B: (336) 936-0180 (Davie, Rowan)
Senator Ralph Hise (R) Co-Chairman
O: (919) 733-3460
B: (828) 766-8329 (Avery, Haywood, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Yancey)
Senator Louis Pate (R) Co-Chairman
O: (919) 733-5621
B: (919) 658-3637 (Greene, Pitt,Wayne)
Senator Austin M. Allran (R)
O: (919) 733-5876
B: (828) 322-1410 (Catawba, Iredell)
Senator Doug Berger (D)
O: (919) 715-8363
B: (919) 556-0857 (Franklin, Granville, Vance, Warren)
Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr.(R)
O: (919) 733-7223
B: (704) 786-5161 (Cabarrus, Iredell)
Senator Eric Mansfield (D)
O: (919) 733-9349
B: (919) 323-9222 Ext. 232 (Cumberland)
Selected Senate Leaders
Senator Phil Berger (R)
O: 919-733-5708 - Raleigh
B: 336-623-5210 (Guilford, Rockingham)
Senator Tom Apodaca(R)
Rules Committee Chairperson
B: 828-696-3510 (Buncombe, Henderson, Polk)
Senator Harry Brown (R)
B: 910-347-3777 (Jones, Onslow)
Senator Bill Purcell (D)
O: (919) 733-5953
H: (910) 276-7328 (Anson, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly)
Senator Bill Rabon (R)
O: (919) 733-5963
B: (910) 457-5110 (Brunswick, Columbus, Pender)