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California Special Election: Prop. 1D explained

May 9, 2009 | 10:03 am

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What it would do: This measure would shift about $1.7 billion away from early childhood development programs over the next five years and use it to help balance the state's budget.

Quick take: The California Children and Families Program, established by voters in 1998, would lose $608 million in 2009-10 and $268 million a year for the next four years. That represents about 70% of the program's revenue, which comes from a tax on cigarettes. The money would go to the general fund to finance health and human services programs for young children.

-- Evan Halper

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Discuss: Should the state temporarily reduce voter approved early childhood education programs to balance the budget?

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