Louisianans support taxes for childcare, early education

Published: April 16, 2021

BY: Emily Wood, LSU Manship School News Service

Early childhood education and childcare programs are popular among Louisiana residents even if it means raising taxes to support them, according to a recent report by LSU researchers.

The report states that three-fourths of the 781 residents surveyed support more spending on childcare for infants and toddlers from low-income families, and 69% support more state spending on childcare from all families regardless of income.

More than 50% of the respondents said they would be willing to pay more taxes to expand these programs.

The findings were in the final report on a survey of state residents by the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication.

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On Monday, April 12, Gov. John Bel Edwards said early childhood education is a priority, but did not offer any amount he would allocate toward it. He made the comment in his State of the State Address as a new legislative session began.

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