NC Senate budget would end intern program
RALEIGH — Dozens of college state government interns would be sent home this summer and a long-running teen mock legislative program would be shuttered in the Senate budget approved this week.
A provision would cut the half-million dollars in the state Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office. It operates the State Government Internship Program and the annual Youth Legislative Assembly. That's where hundreds of high school students come to Raleigh to debate legislation and learn about the governing process.
Senate budget-writer Jim Davis of Macon County says the cut was needed to address spending reductions required by expanding Medicaid expenditures.
Gov. Pat McCrory's budget sought to increase funding for the youth office. The House is next up to create a budget proposal.