Californians expect government to provide efficient and
effective services to the taxpayers it serves.
But expanding state government isn’t the answer to every problem
facing our state, nor is government necessarily the best solution.
Despite our economic recovery, we cannot afford to simply create a
new government program to serve every unmet need.
In many areas, the private sector can do a better job of funding
services to Californians. Take the lack of opportunities for early
childhood education, for example.
The benefits of early education to both the individual and the
economy are without question. Economists have estimated that for
every dollar invested in early education, as much as 16 dollars is
generated for the community.
Nevertheless, state government simply cannot afford to expand
opportunities for early childhood education to keep up with the
demand. The First 5 Association of California estimates that there
are over 200,000 families on a waiting list today. Additionally, it
is very difficult for low-income Californians to afford the high
cost of putting their kids in private preschool.
Typically, the response from the… Read More