Line Item Irony : Vox Politics Palin & Alaska's teen moms

Line Item Irony

Hot on the heels of the news that Governor Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, the Washington Post has tracked down a document from earlier this year that shows Palin used her veto power to cut funding to a program that assists teen mothers. The Covenant House Alaska, which among other services offers transitional housing for teen moms, had its funding reduced from $5 million to $3.9 million. The Post also cites a 2006 candidate questionnaire on which Palin stated "sex-ed programming will not find my support".

UPDATE: After Brian, one of our astute readers, questioned the veracity of this article, we did some additional digging. It turns out the Washington Post got this one wrong. We called the Covenant House Alaska and, according to Executive Director Deirdre Cronin, the program's operating budget was not in fact reduced. She writes in a press release: "Our $3.9 million appropriation is directed toward a multi-year capital project and it is our understanding that the state simply opted to phase in its support for this project over several years, rather than all at once in the current budget year." Thanks, Brian. We stand corrected.