The children receiving the services provided by Smart Start are growing into more productive adults that is helping our economy to flourish. Cutting services would return these children to a cycle of poverty, welfare, hardship in education increasing our drop-out rate, unplanned pregnancy, crime, and drugs. As this population grows and this cycle continues, it will increasingly strain our budget at a crippling rate.
If you must make cuts, I ask that you review programs that don’t include preparing our youth for a better education, promoting self-esteem and self-worth, and encouraging them to reach goals that have not been obtained by the generations before them.
We believe that the Governor can and should make Smart Start exempt from additional the 5% nonrecurring reduction proposed by the Office of State Budget and Management (OSBM). Clearly Smart Start is related to success in school, is part of economic development, and is essential for the economic recovery for NC.
Please, allow Smart Start to help our economy to flourish.
Thank you for your time-