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Funding for child care on the ballot in California counties

Two counties in California will decide on expanded funding for child care in upcoming elections. The measures have made it on the ballots in San Francisco and Alameda counties. The vote will be held on June 5 and if approved, subsidies would be provided to low-and-middle income families for child care. The total for each measure is more than $140 million apiece, which would be raised on an annual basis.

The money raised would help increase the pay for child care workers, improve the educational quality of existing programs and help expand programs. The overall goal of these measures is to allow parents to go back to work after giving birth and ready the children for when they will attend kindergarten.

In order for the measure to pass in San Francisco County, the vote needs to be 50 percent plus one of all votes cast. In Alameda County, the measure requires two-thirds of all votes cast in order to pass.

Should the measure pass in Alameda County, it would be a half-cent sales tax. This could raise the sales tax in some cities within the county to more than 10 percent. A big reason for these measures is that money is needed to provide more child care centers due to the demand for more available slots.

Child care is an important discussion that many parents have on a regular basis, especially when it comes to child support. Child support is a great way to pay for child care in Fullerton, California. Be sure you know what you are entitled to when seeking support.

Source: The Mercury News, "Measures to fund child care reach the ballot in two California counties," April 01, 2018

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