The big problem with Prop 1A is the task force element—which turned into catch-all answer (and kind of a metaphor for its shortcomings) when we asked the proponents to explain precisely how the measure would improve preschool for kids. Prop 1A is ultimately a mystery option: It might yield low-cost, common-sense reforms that benefit workers and thus children, but it could also turn out to be a massively expensive exercise in scatter-shot policy making. Oh, and it's not funded. And there's no agreement on how much it will cost in the first place.
Then there's Proposition 1B—which actually does something. Specific.
Proposition 1B establishes a four-year, $60 million pilot program for accessible preschool in Seattle. It’s free to families making less than 300 percent of the federal poverty line ($71,000 for a family of four), and aims to serve 2,000 kids by 2018.
Unlike 1A, it’s (unambiguously) funded by a property tax of about $43 per year for a family living in a typical $400,000 home.
The Seattle League of Women Voters, the NAACP of Seattle/King County, Working Washington, and the Economic Opportunity Institute say we should vote for Prop 1A
The League recommends that the voters reject both proposals and encourage the proponents to start over and work together.
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