Voters in our state should be outraged over the chaos created by the lack of a budget so late in the year.
I am the executive director of the Rape Crisis Center of Robeson County. We are one of the most impoverished communities in the state, and the state funds that help support our victim services are vital.
Because of the way funds to sexual assault and domestic violence victim service organizations are administered, we cannot begin to receive monies until several weeks after the budget is passed. At this point, we will be well into the second quarter of the fiscal year, if not the third quarter, before we can start getting funds that pay for our crisis lines, our personnel and the services we offer to the most vulnerable in our state.
The game of political chicken that the General Assembly is playing is costing the taxpayers over a million dollars, or roughly what it costs to provide sexual assault victim services, 24 hours a day, to the entire state for six months. We should all be outraged.