A Step in the Right Direction. This morning, the North Carolina State Senate Appropriations subcommittee released a draft budget that includes funding and support for the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. This isn’t a win yet – the Senate budget still needs to pass the whole Senate, and then it will need to be reconciled with the House budget, which eliminated the Commission – but it’s a big step in the right direction. -Claire Heirmann, Outreach & Communications Associate of RAFI-USA, May 24, 2011. (Read More).

Special note 6/16/11: The N.C. General Assembly passed a state budget that provides $2 million annually for two years for the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.