More Money, More Problems. (More forms, too.)

We’ve put together more than 30 stories over the past year about Greensboro-based Balanced Nutrition. Balanced Nutrition, if you haven’t heard, is the family business for Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and his wife Yolanda Hill.

Balanced Nutrition is an independent contractor working for the state Department of Health and Human Services
(NCDHHS) to distribute tax dollars to daycare centers as reimbursement for lunches they provide their attendees.   (It’s an interesting career choice for a couple marketing themselves as the First Couple of North Carolina conservatism.)

Some of the concerns we’ve raised about Balanced Nutrition include:

There’s one more we’d like to add to the list:  Robinson, himself, failing to report income from Balanced Nutrition on his Statement of Economic Interest. 

We found a preliminary budget submitted by Ms. Hill to state authorities for the program year that began in October 2018.  The budget document (page 6) IDed herself and the now-lieutenant governor as the only employees of Balanced Nutrition.   (Specific proposed salaries for Hill and Robinson were also detailed in the budget document.)

If you refer to the Statement of Economic Interest Mark Robinson filed with the state ethics commission in 2020, Robinson was asked to ID sources of income in excess of $5,000 for 2018If Balanced Nutrition operated in line with the budget for that year it submitted to the state, Robinson would have been paid more than $5,000 by Balanced Nutrition in 2018. 

Thus, the compensation should have been reported to the ethics commission by Robinson.

In his 2022 memoir, Robinson stated that he worked for Balanced Nutrition between the time he left his furniture company job and when he decided to run for office.

 It seems like just yesterday when Robinson had to revise his ethics forms to ID his wife’s involvement with some charter school boards.  Or when WRAL had to remind him about paying property taxes.