Seattle Mayor’s Proposed City Sugary Drink Tax to Fund Early Childhood Education a Win-Win for the City

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Seattle, Wash. (February 21, 2017) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) President Mark Shriver issued the following statement today on Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed sugary drink tax in the city of Seattle, which would help fund local early childhood education programs.

“I applaud Mayor Murray for investing in kids by including funding for early childhood education in his proposed city sugary drink tax.

“As Mayor Murray outlined in his State of the City speech, all kids deserve an equal opportunity for success. This new source of revenue will help the city of Seattle fund programs that are vital to the success and health of underserved communities.

“Investing in early childhood education is a no-brainer. We know it is the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty. By age five, a child’s brain is almost completely developed – yet too many kids in Seattle do not have access to high-quality preschool. Many never catch up.

“In addition to providing funding for early learning programs, sugary drink tax revenues can be invested in low-income communities disproportionately affected by health conditions caused by sugary drinks, while also raising revenue for crucial programs that improve health both directly and indirectly, like chronic disease prevention programs and public safety. This is truly a win-win.

“This plan is a first step, but there is much more work to do. I urge the city council to support this initiative as a mechanism to fund early learning in Seattle. This is a smart and necessary investment in the future of Seattle’s kids and economy.”

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