House Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee Budget Proposal Includes NO Funding for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative OR Tobacco Use Prevention Programs
Yesterday, the budget proposals for all of the House appropriations subcommittees were released. Unfortunately, funding for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and youth tobacco use prevention programs was NOT included in any of the subcommittees’ proposed budgets. (See HB 250 and HB 450, respectively).
NCAH and partners are continuing to work with legislative champions to include these priorities in the House budget. The full House Appropriations Committee will meet on Tuesday to discuss the entire budget and the House budget is expected to be voted on by the full House on Wednesday, with the final vote expected next Thursday. We will continue to keep you posted on both issues as the House budget moves through the process.
Urge House Appropriations Chairs to include the Healthy Corner Store Initiative (HB 250) and Tobacco Use Prevention Funding (HB 450) in the House Budget before Tuesday!
House Appropriations Committee Chairs
Rep. Nelson Dollar (R – Wake)
Rep. Linda P. Johnson (R – Cabarrus)
Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth)
(sponsor of both HB 250 and HB 450)
Rep. Chuck McGrady (R – Henderson)
HB 250, Healthy Food Small Retailer/Corner Store Act, appropriates $1 million to create a fund within an appropriate state agency to create programs in each of the ten health director regions that would allow local health departments to help connect store owners with local farmers/fishermen (as available) and provide education for both the store owners and customers regarding healthy foods/healthy eating. The initiative would allow store owners to stock and sell nutrient-dense foods, benefiting store owners, farmers and public health. For more information about the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and HB 250/SB 296 see NCAH’s talking points.
HB 450 appropriates $7 million to the Tobacco Branch of the Division of Public Health for fiscal year 2016-17. The funds would be used to create tobacco use prevention programs in each of the ten NC Association of Local Health Director Regions. Each region would develop engaged teen tobacco use prevention teams to educate peers and community leaders in schools, faith communities and youth-serving organizations on evidence-based teen tobacco use prevention programs. For more information about HB 450 and tobacco use prevention funding see our talking points.