Yesterday I posted on the Civitas presentation about Smart Start. My point was about all the taxpayer funded “smart start lobbyist” were there. Today comes confirmation about how bad the problem with this organization really is.
I received the below email (follow me here it is a little complicated. It is from the Smart Start President Stephanie Fanjul who in 2008 – 2009 made $172,000 in pay and benefits (paid by your tax dollars) but it was not sent out by her paid communications staff of 4 it was instead sent by an outside Lobbyist/Public Policy Consultant (see bottom of email). Notice in paragraph 2 how many organizations sent people to the legislature and talked about them again being there today. The Fayetteville Observer reported that 100 Smart Start people were in attendance yesterday. Does not seem like they have much real work to do?
Please see the note below from Stephanie Fanjul from NCPC.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! So many of you made calls, sent emails, and used your personal time to come to Raleigh. While we did not stop Civitas from providing what Rep. Julia Howard called “an orientation” on Smart Start, we did show that Smart Start will not sit quietly by while others attempt to discredit our work on behalf of the state’s youngest children.
With help from Smart Start local partnerships in Davidson, Down East, Lee, Wake, Onslow, Cumberland, Orange, Durham, and Franklin-Granville-Vance, friends like NCaeyc, and the Lucy Daniels Center, as well as NCPC Board members and partner organizations- we had more than 60 people there. (apologies if we missed anyone!) In fact, there were so many Smart Start supporters that they had to move the meeting to a larger room!
Tomorrow is the second day of public hearings before the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. At the hearing today, we had two speakers, and a room full of Smart Start stickers. Special thanks to several local board members and NCPC Board members who came to Raleigh to speak on behalf of Smart Start.
Tomorrow the meeting will take place from 8:30 am to 9:50 am in Room 643, LOB. If you plan on attending, but have not signed up in advance, you should know that today they allowed us to sign up to speak when we arrived. See if you can do that tomorrow too.
It is an honor and delight to work with you all as we fight for what is right for NC’s children.
Lobbyist/Public Policy Consultant
North Carolina Child Care Coalition