On November 8, 2016, Missouri voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to increase taxes on cigarettes to create a fund for early childhood education in the state. This essay examines the issue from several angles, not only in terms of potential benefits and costs, but also with regard to the logic of taking revenue from a tax on cigarettes to fund a program that is completely unrelated to smoking. Click on the link below to read the entire essay.
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Mike McShane is the Director of Education Policy for the Show-Me Institute. He is a former high school teacher and earned his PhD in Education Policy at the University of Arkansas. Before coming to the Show-Me Institute, Mike worked at the American Enterprise Institute as a research fellow.