Today at the legislature Civitas Analyst Andrew Henson gave a great factual presentation to interested legislators about Smart Start. His presentation was streamed live by WRAL and will soon be up on the Civitas website along with his PowerPoint handout.
The troubling part was the room was packed with Smart Start staff who had been at the legislature all day lobbying. Let me repeat, the room was packed with Smart Start Staff! These are people who are paid by tax payers but are employed by private non-profit's. State employees are governed by numerous laws and rules and are often under public scrutiny. The Smart Start folks do not have to deal with most of these restrictions yet are funded by the same taxpayers.
While Civitas is supported by voluntary private donations (click here to donate) the Smart Start non-profits are supported by non-voluntary contributions from North Carolina taxpayers. The presentation today was just a presentation of information but the Smart Start folks were out in force in case anyone might have a thought of cutting the non-voluntary contributions to their non-profits.