Perata's Tobacco Tax Will Harm Kids' Programs



Early childhood education advocates are gearing up to oppose ex-state Senator Don Perata's $1 tobacco tax because it would siphon much-needed funds from kids' programs, the Trib reports. A previous statewide tax initiative sponsored by Hollywood director Rob Reiner had earmarked funds for the kids' programs, but Perata's new hefty tax will likely depress cigarette sales, thereby resulting in less tax revenue for early childhood education.

According to the Trib, Perata and other health groups plan, who plan to steer the new tobacco tax proceeds to cancer research, realize that it will likely harm early childhood education, and yet have no plans to alter their initiative. They hope to place the measure before voters next year.