LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians don’t want to steer funding from young children to help the state’s struggling finances.
on Tuesday rejected Proposition 1D, leaving $1.7 billion in a program
that voters created 11 years ago for children age 5 and under.
in February proposed redirecting money from the program known as First
5 as part of a budget deal intended to help close the state’s $42
The program is funded through higher tobacco
taxes. Critics argued the measure would be a blow to a program that
each year takes in less money as fewer Californians smoke.
Lawmakers have warned they would have to make cuts in other children’s programs if voters rejected the measure.