Um, for someone pointing out how much blue counties pay for the red counties in our state hands down... This isn't about whether or not first start is a benefit. It is an issue of how to pay for it. Tagging the wealthy helps in a small jurisdiction. It doesn't help to address where first start was originally funded from. It was a nationally funded reform. Now that has been drastically cut, jurisdictions are trying to compensate. Should the state compensate. Or should smaller jurisdictions only cover themselves. New York is a very expensive place to live.On
average, the wealthy can afford to pay for the impoverished in the rest of New York. The rest of the state is not the same.
Are nation stands in the same crisis. There are states that can afford to subsidize the cost of the federally cut early start programs. There are states then cannot. The states that cannot are often the neediest of these funds.
With the polarization and ineffectiveness of congress, jurisdictions are looking more introspectively how to take care of there own. Jurisdictions with the highest income inequalities are focusing on how to keep the rich richer. The rich are in power. In more moderate, and higher middle class populated jurisdictions, they are looking to keep their money where it came from.
As a result, the Tea party has gain strongholds on both middle class America and the powerful rich. We only want to pay for what immediately benefits us. This consensus only exasperates the disparity.
The New York state vs city is a jurisdictional issue. It is also a political one.