Taking Bold Action to Fund What Matters: Communities Raise Revenue to Support YouthThe opportunity gap between wealthy and low-income kids has never been greater, with high-income families outspending lower-income families nine to one on enrichment opportunities. But diverse communities around the country are stepping back to acknowledge the opportunity gap – and stepping up – to close it for lower income families by raising local funds for a range of children’s services.  

On Tuesday, a Down-Ballot Win for KidsWhile the national election made headlines, November 2016 ballots across the country also featured lesser-known initiatives to raise revenue for children’s services. In twelve out of 15 places where tax initiatives for children’s services were launched, kids won big. The number and diversity of places where these initiatives were successful suggest that future efforts for a locally-driven, voter-approved approach to funding much needed services for children and youth may be worth the political risk.