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Bryant Wins Support For Budget Bill

N.C. General Assembly
542 Legislative Office Building
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
House of Representatives District 7
Contact: Representative Angela Bryant

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Rocky Mount, N. C. 27803
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July 31, 2007

Bryant Helps Win Support For Medicaid Relief,
At Risk Youth and Housing and
Economic Development in Budget Bill

Freshman Democrat pushes to bring millions of dollars for district

RALEIGH - The new state budget supported by Rep. Angela Bryant will include nearly millions in spending for the people of her district and millions of dollars of Medicaid relief.

"This budget is for education, low wealth communities, at-risk youth, the environment, and housing and community development," said Bryant.

Under the budget signed by Gov. Mike Easley, Nash and Halifax counties will benefit from over $17 million in expanded funding for Disadvantaged Students (DSSF) and $5.4 million in one-time funding to Low Wealth counties that experienced decreases in 07-08.  Over $3 million to Boys and Girls Clubs, OIC's and Communities in Schools across the state and $4.5 million for gang intervention and prevention programs will also support local programs.  In addition, $475,000 will expand minority male mentoring programs to 15 additional community colleges for our area colleges would be eligible.

The budget also provides funding to local units of state or regional programs, e.g. $72,000 to the Rocky Mount Children’s Museum, $50,000 to Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park and Eco-Center in Scotland Neck, $177,000 to the Gateway Technology Center at North Carolina Wesleyan College which offers online courses from East Carolina University and North Carolina State University and offers summer math and engineering camp for youth. 

"This budget is for education, low wealth communities, at-risk youth, the environment and housing and community development.  We increased the Housing Trust Fund by $5 million which I hope will help housing needs in our area and we also replenished the Clean Water Management Fund and water and sewer funding.  Our finance package proposes at least $230 million in new or expanded tax relief  for low wage earners, small businesses, emerging industries, those planning for retirement and farmers. We also capped the gas tax to try to keep down the cost of gasoline." according to Representative Bryant.

Rep. Bryant, a first-term Democrat appointed to her seat earlier this year, supported a Medicaid relief plan expected to free up millions of dollars just in her district. The plan calls for the state to take over the counties’ share of Medicaid over the next three years. The counties will also surrender some sales tax revenue to the state and the formula for sales tax distribution will be changed.

Halifax County will get $4.4 million in Medicaid relief in 2010-11 after the swap is complete. Nash County will have $1.3 million available. The money will be available for school construction, education and other important local needs. It will also help keep property tax rates in those communities from increasing.

The budget includes for the first time a refundable earned income tax credit expected to benefit an estimated 800,000 who earn about $40,000 a year or less. Our plan also gives a pay raise to teachers and teacher assistants, $7 million for a dropout high-school dropout prevention program,  $127 million to help up to 25,000 low-income students graduate from college debt free,  and  $ 5.6 million in allied health and $ 23 million in planning and facilities grants for community colleges.

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