Thanks to the passage of Prop. 14 this past April, Anchorage is set to use millions in marijuana taxes to vastly expand the ability of parents to leave their kids at professional childcare centers during the day.
The Anchorage Assembly is now building an implementation team of parents and day care professionals to offer advice on how to spend an estimated $5 million in annual weed taxes. The funds will start accumulating in January 2024, and will be dispersed beginning in 2025.
An Oct. 27 notice from the Anchorage Assembly states that the marijuana tax disbursement team is needed to “ensure these funds are used effectively.”
This implementation team will analyze day care practices, strategies and trends, seek public input, draft a three-year strategic plan, and bring forth an ordinance for the Assembly’s consideration regarding the scope and responsibilities of the team’s work. Team members will meet at least once a month – November through July – and will get a $150 monthly stipend.
An initial “implementation team” has already been meeting regularly to iron out the details of the new childcare program. This team currently consists largely of left-leaning politicians, childcare professionals and activists, as well as representatives from local and state government.