Funding the state government on raising taxes from a very unhealthy habit is irresponsible. Why not figure out how to decrease spending? — Oh, no, that would be unheard of. The state wants to use this tax to fund a $10 million pilot pre-school program for “needy” kids. Can citizens see an itemized list on what this is going to be spent on? I doubt it.
I participated in a preschool event, and 90 percent of the kids were supposedly needy. Most could figure out the learning games. What did most parents do? The idea was to get them involved — hint, hint, so at home they would do the same. No, they stood there staring into space and not doing anything to get involved.
It shows a lack of responsibility, at best, to have a child than not do all one can to raise it. Every family that has a needy child who wants to use public funds to have their kids in pre-school, should make it mandatory for them to attend child training and care classes while their kids are in pre-school.
If we’re going to spend money on something it should be to get people to quit smoking and costing the state and insurance companies millions of dollars for their health care. Eventually everyone pays for it.