President plans to expand early education with tobacco tax increase
NEW YORK, NY– President Obama has proposed to expand early childhood education and fund it with an increase in federal tobacco taxes. In New York State, this initiative would provide 16,453 more children from low- and moderate-income families with access to high-quality preschool in the first year alone.
In his fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama proposed to expand federal funding for early education programs, paid for with a 94-cent per pack increase in the federal cigarette tax and a proportional increase in the federal tax on other tobacco products. “Taken together, these two measures would help ensure a future of smart, healthy kids nationwide and in every state,” the report concludes.
The report can be found at www.smarthealthykids.org. It details the claimed educational and health benefits of the president’s proposal nationwide and in every state.