skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Air pollution linked to coal plants more deadly than previously thought; Israel-Hamas truce extends as aid reaches Gaza; high school seniors face big college application challenges.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

House Republicans differ on January 6th footage, Speaker Johnson says any Ukraine funding must include changes to border policy and former New Jersey Governor Christie says former President Trump is fueling anti-Semitism and hate.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Rural low income youth, especially boys, experience greater economic mobility than those in cities, a new government rule should help level the playing field for small poultry growers, and the Kansas Governor wants her state to expand Medicaid.

Another Budget Hit for NC's Safety Net Programs?

play audio
Play

Friday, April 19, 2013   

RALEIGH, N.C. – Community action agencies in North Carolina are bracing for more cuts to what they say are already slim budgets.

President Barack Obama has included a 50 percent reduction in community service block grant funding in his budget proposal.

Sharon Goodson, executive director of the North Carolina Community Action Association, says the cuts will have a big impact on the people served by her organization.

"It's devastating to hear that the budget proposes a 50 percent cut,” she says. “(It) would certainly have a significant impact in our state – and particularly the people that we serve, the low-income people."

In North Carolina, there are 1.6 million people living in poverty. The 36 community action agencies in the state are already preparing for cuts that will come in September as a result of the sequester.

Almost one in five people in North Carolina lives in poverty, three percent higher than the national average.

Amanda Sheely, assistant professor at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work, says efforts at the national and state level to curb budgets are prompting lawmakers to be shortsighted.

"We have a government that's really worried about 'immediate balancing budget,'” she says, “instead of looking at the long-term impacts of these short investments. "

A report by the Economic Policy Institute says low-wage workers in the U.S. are actually worse off than their low-wage counterparts in seven other developed countries, including Canada and Japan.

Sheely says reducing funding to programs such as early childhood education adds to the problem.

"It has incredible repercussions, in terms of their educational attainment, their long-term physical and mental health,” she says. “Cutting these programs now or limiting access to these programs now – we'll pay for it in the long run."





get more stories like this via email

more stories
Based on current environmental impacts, residents of Petersburg have a life expectancy 10 years lower than the national average, according to U.S. News & World Report. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

play sound

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a plan extending a natural-gas pipeline in Virginia. The Virginia Reliability Plan and Transcot's …


Social Issues

play sound

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day when millions of Americans are expected to make charitable donations. But it can also be a field day for scammers…

Health and Wellness

play sound

Starting Friday, North Carolinians will have greater access to health care as the long-awaited Medicaid expansion is launched. Medicaid will …


Democrats' trust in the media has fallen 12 points over the past year, to 58%, and compares with 11% among Republicans and 29% among independents, according to Gallup. (Christian Schwier/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new project in Southern Arizona aims to support local reporting and enable greater access to local news and information. Earlier this month…

Social Issues

play sound

As the weather turns colder, two groups of people in one North Dakota city that are generations apart appear to be in good shape to navigate housing …

Social Issues

play sound

Illinois high school seniors have new hurdles to overcome to get to college. High school students are waiting several extra weeks to get their hands …

Environment

play sound

Clean-energy companies and supporters are calling on federal officials to prioritize the development of charging infrastructure for EV powered medium …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021