After-school programs still waiting on cannabis tax money

Jul 23, 2019 by

Prop. 64 money funneled to child care vouchers as programs that help needy kids struggle to stay afloat.

Supporters of California’s publicly funded After School Education and Safety programs — which educate and care for nearly 500,000 low-income elementary and middle school kids — were encouraged in 2016 when they heard and read the ads that supported the state’s ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

The good feeling didn’t reflect how they felt about cannabis. It came because the Yes on Proposition 64 campaign told voters — in advertising and in a statement printed on the official statewide ballot  — that one of the first beneficiaries of tax revenue generated by regulated marijuana would be after school programs.

And those After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs really needed the help.

The voter-mandated programs get a fixed amount of funding each year, based on how many students they help. But that financing doesn’t change, even as costs to run those programs — including a jump in the state’s minimum wage — shoot up. Because of that, many already-lean programs have been scaling back the services they offer while those that were already facing budget problems have been pushed to the brink of shutting down.

Source: After-school programs still waiting on cannabis tax money – Daily News

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