Tax dollars well-spent? It's possible

  • Article by: WARREN STALEY and DUANE BENSON
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 7:25 PM

Let's invest in high-quality child care and early education.

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bigbadbeanJan. 17, 13 7:32 PM

"Let's invest in high-quality child care and early education" We already over invest these failed programs for politically correct reasons. Doing the job of what parents are suppose to do is not the governments job. HHS just concluded, again, that Head Start is a waste of money.

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davehougJan. 17, 13 8:00 PM

It is my obligation to provide for K-12 schooling for your children. When did it become my obligation to raise your children? Being prepared for school IS worthwhile so why not focus on asking the parents to read to their children and do their own preparation?? Print a schedule of milestones expected and resources to help in ...... say the local paper! ! !

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jdlellis1Jan. 17, 13 9:59 PM

Here's a novel idea, "For the kids!" as President Obama recently stated. How about before two people engage in reproductive activities they consider the consequences actions and uphold their responsibilities for feeding, clothing and educating a child.

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swiperJan. 18, 13 5:43 AM

Great approach-- invest in high quality to assure positive outcomes for children. The data is pretty compelling--if you are concerned about government spending, this proven method returns on investment. Currently $880 million costs to society for each entering class with children not prepared for kindergarten. If you are concerned about children, no better investment.

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JudyMFJan. 18, 1310:21 AM

I appreeciate the authors support as well as their willingness to acknowledge the change in their position. This is the way we move Minnesota forward and I applaud them.

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lostinstpaulJan. 18, 1312:19 PM

I dont understand what role the state has (or should have) in raising peoples kids? K-12, sure, but Pre-K? WTH is that about? Cradle to grave entitlement spending is getting really sickening! Some people will never have to work a day in thier lives, with the MN taxpayer picking up the costs for everything. Childcare, education for single mother, food, transportation, healthcare, and so on,so on, so on. Sickening! Take the money out of current educational funding.

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odinmanJan. 18, 13 3:05 PM

Why is it that when talking about taxpayer funded early childhood education (er..."Investment"), the argument is always "Pay up now or this will cost you more later"? Sounds like the same argument the mob uses when extorting protection money. And with the same results.

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alansonJan. 19, 13 3:58 PM

There may be good arguments for funding early childhood education, but this commentary relies on a 10 year old Minnesota Fed study that does not have high standing in the literature. In that study about 80% of the so-called returns to taxpayers consists of speculative, and unproven in wide practice, avoidance of costs to the criminal justice system. Go ahead and advocate early childhood education, just please spare us reliance on poorly drawn studies made by economists at the Minneapolis Fed of all places.

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