This statistics reminds me of the drunk who leans on the street light post for
support not illumination to see where he is going. In the end, taxpayers will
still be asked to dump millions into it.
It's great that Granite School District and the PFS program have
'proved' that Pre-K education improves outcomes for kids. Improvements
that last their whole lives. But, then we all knew that already didn't we.
Utah would have long ago had state-wide Pre-K had it not been for the
intransigence of Aaron Osmond (R - South Jordan). Instead, Goldman Sachs and
others were paid millions of extra dollars to do what the legislature
wouldn't. How many other programs have been passed over (Prop 3 Medicaid
anyone?) because of the legislature's false measures of economy?
Great the private sector is stepping in to help their communities. But, 90
million dollar hit for the taxpayers is a lot for just one program. Some would
ask what is the cost to society if we don't do these kind of programs. I have helped many of these kinds of families in community service
activities. Many do not worry about getting married before having children or
having a lot of kids they can't afford for several reasons. Gov't
paid housing or gov't subsidized housing, gov't paid food stamps,
gov't paid child care, gov't health insurance (Medicaid), govt.
payments (welfare), gov't paid grants, gov't paid school breakfast,
lunch, and dinner for their kids, and many other gov't paid programs. Even
many immigrants and refugees had heard about our welfare benefits long before
they came to our country. Who is the gov't? The taxpayers. How
did we get to a place where we put more and more parenting and personal
responsibilities on the gov't to provide and pay for? We need
to stop calling all of these programs "entitlement" programs and go back
to pushing self-reliance, education, training, responsible procreation, and
minimal dependence on the gov't.
If, as the article states, the program doesn't cost the taxpayer anything,
then why the need to allocate $100 million in "government" (taxpayer)
Yet another tax increase so I can pay to support "those less fortunate".
What a joke. I can't get insurance for my family but I'm expected to
pay for insurance so some freeloader can have good healthcare. I'm sick
& tired of supporting those less fortunate people.