As the nation focuses on the new presidential administration, a small but potentially transformative trend is emerging in choices down the ballot: Voters were asked to support the children in their community with new tax revenue and they overwhelmingly agreed.
In small counties and large, on both coasts and in the Midwest, voters stepped up to the plate to take care of kids-voting to increase their own taxes in order to support services for children and young people. In Jackson County, Missouri, for example, 62 percent of voters opted to increase the sales tax to pay for services for vulnerable children. Twelve out of 15 ballot questions were approved in places as diverse as Baltimore, Maryland; Muskingum County, Ohio; and Boulder, Colorado, using set-asides, new taxes, renewals of existing taxes or soda taxes.
The Forum's Elizabeth Gaines recently covered this exciting trend for funding children's services and supports. Read more