Budget Hearings: Talking Dollars and Needs
April is tax season, but it's also the season for budget hearings, where the council combs through the mayor's proposed budget and talks to agency after agency and department after department to figure out who gets what.
This morning it was Brenda Rhodes Miller, the executive director of the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Did you know that about 1,000 D.C. teenagers each year have babies and about 22 percent of those pregnancies are repeat births? Miller offered that detail during her testimony.
Today Chairman Vincent C. Gray is listening to testimony about the budget for the two city agencies that deal with youth programs and the school buildings - the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, led by Victor Reinoso, and the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, led by Allen Lew.
Miller said that the city needs to budget more money for teen pregnancy prevention programs. She asked that the city consider starting a pilot program in which nurses do home visits for low-income mothers, staying with the families until the babies are at least 2 years old. Miller also urged the city to consider expanding health centers in schools.
Adam Tenner, executive director of MetroTeen AIDS, also joined Miller at the witness table, saying that one new HIV infection costs the District $600,000 annually in prescriptions. He urged a $1.6 million increase in the budget for the Deputy Mayor for Education to coordinate the city's health agency and school system to work on preventing new HIV cases. With just a few prevented cases, Tenner testified, the program would "pay for itself."
Reinoso and Lew will testify later this afternoon.
April 2, 2008; 12:29 PM ET
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