The question facing Santa Feans in the city’s proposed Sugar Tax is, “Can government be a better parent than Mom and Dad?” The tax increases government by hiring an administration to pay for day-care from providers without training, who then assumes the role of parent. Rather than helping families economically, the Sugar Tax takes more of the family’s resources, then and hires pseudo-mom and dads in their place.
Also, the long-term value of pre-K programs diminishes and disappears by the 3rd grade. “Fade out,” the phenomenon of non-pre-K children catching up academically with those enrolled in pre K, has been researched and documented.
Let’s avoid government intrusion and keep New Mexico families and their resources in their homes where they belong. The government is not a good sugar daddy and the Sugar Tax is not a good idea.