Kids should not pay the price for a larger and more profitable cannabis Industry. That’s why we urge the Legislature to accept and support the policies put forward in the governor’s May state budget proposal and to join us in valuing child care and youth services.
Cannabis taxes are the only guaranteed revenue stream in the state budget for child care for children from birth to 13 years old. Cannabis tax revenue enables more than 21,000 children to be in subsidized child care. About 2.3 million California children are eligible for subsidized child care, 86% of whom are children of color, yet we are meeting the needs of only 11% of eligible families. When it comes to providing subsidized child care to families, we are way behind.