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Californians are smoking less: Why that's a problem for these early childhood services

Original post made on Aug 2, 2023

For 25 years, some of California's best-known early childhood services have been funded by an almost ironic source: Taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. Now, the money for those programs is starting to plummet.

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 2, 2023 at 12:02 pm

MichaelB is a registered user.

"And while taxes aren't an easy sell to voters, especially in a red county like Kern, it's important to consider all options, said Amy Travis, executive director of First 5 Kern County. "We know it (tax) works," said Travis. "We know tobacco use is declining, so I think it's a matter of asking what's next? Is that alcohol, marijuana, sugary beverages?""

How convenient. The only "options" are to raise taxes on other products!

Taxes work? Like providing additional incentives for people/businesses to leave the state when they are enacted and/or increased? People changing their purchasing decisions to avoid the tax? It's important to consider that residents already paying some of the highest taxes in the nation could now be forced (not "asked") to "help families with young children" whenever they choose to purchase a 12 pack of soda.

Additional funds should come from philanthropy only. If you have kids, don't expect the taxpayers (already struggling to pay their own bills) to cover your childcare expenses.

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