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Progress is being made on Mecklenburg County's 2017 Legislative Agenda. On Feb. 7, Jonathan Sink, the County's legislative affairs liaison, presented the Board's 2017 Legislative Agenda at the North Carolina General Assembly.
The agenda was well-received, and Sink led a robust discussion with the Mecklenburg delegation that was focused on eliminating the waitlist for early childhood education, fixing the Medicaid reimbursement challenges that counties have faced, and fixing the barrel-cap limitation forced upon small business craft breweries around the state. Many of these type of breweries are in Mecklenburg County.
Legislation has been introduced in the State House to raise the barrel cap on small business craft breweries from 25,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels. This is expected to be one of several bills of its kind to surface this session, as momentum is building across the state for the purpose of helping these small businesses expand on their own. The Department of Health and Human Services is working on policy language that would fix the County's Medicaid reimbursement issue as it relates to the treatment of inmates of local confinement facilities. If these policy changes are successfully adopted, Mecklenburg County will save roughly $1 million annually, with other counties benefiting as well.
Members of our Mecklenburg County delegation, as well as members from contiguous districts, have voiced support for increasing investment in early childhood education to help cut down on the waitlist that many four-year-olds in our County face. Discussions are ongoing as to how to best position legislation to accomplish this.
For more information, contact Legislative Affairs Liaison Jonathan Sink at 980-314-2884 or Jonathan.Sink@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. DSS Closed Wednesday for Staff Training
The Department of Social Services will be closed to customers all day this Wednesday, Feb. 15 for a department-wide staff training event. The department will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.
DSS locations include: Wallace Kuralt Centre, 301 Billingsley Road, Valerie C. Woodard Center (Chapin Hall), 3205 Freedom Drive, Bob Walton Plaza, 700 E. Stonewall St., County and Courts Office Building, 720 E. Fourth St., Farm Pond and Charlotte East – both on Executive Center Drive.
For more information on DSS, visit the department’s web page or contact DSS Director Peggy Eagan at 980-314-6480 or Peggy.Eagan@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council Meets Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council (CMYC) will meet at 6:15 p.m. in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center to discuss the role of County government in education funding. I will be speaking at this event. Commissioners are invited to attend to meet Youth Council members and provide their feedback.
The CMYC, a County partner, serves as the youth advisory council for the County, City of Charlotte and CMS. These emerging leaders are learning how local government works, and how to help solve the challenges that are facing our community.
Commissioners interested in attending the Feb. 14 event can RVSP to LaShonda Hart at 980-314-2906 or Lashonda.Hart@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.