“It’s kind of some of those benefits you don’t see until later,” Morgan said.
Preschool Promise is in seven cities in Montgomery County, including Dayton, Kettering and West Carrollton. It is a non-profit funded by Montgomery County, the city of Dayton and local philanthropists to help 4-year-olds and 3-year-olds who reside in those seven districts get ready for kindergarten, according to the Preschool Promise website.
Morgan thanked Jarvis for staying open throughout the pandemic, as Morgan, a Dayton resident, said she is an essential worker and a single parent who couldn’t stop going to work during the pandemic.
Whaley said the Preschool Promise plan would raise the wages of child care workers like Jarvis as well as lowering the amount of money families have to spend on preschool. She said it can be done by raising taxes on the wealthiest people in Ohio.
“What we’ve seen at the statehouse is we have seen the burden of tax actually be higher for middle class and people that work every day and less for big corporations and the wealthy,” Whaley said. “And all I’m saying is they should pay their fair share.”
Whaley said she would also consider the burden on seniors, who pay property taxes that usually go up as they age in their homes. Whaley said the problem is that many of the state tax cuts have added to local schools’ burden, leading the schools to ask for more money in a school levy. But that added property tax adds to the financial strain on seniors.
“The state needs to make sure that wages go up and bills go down,” Whaley said.
Brenton Temple, a campaign spokesman for Ohio governor Mike DeWine, the presumptive Republican nominee, said DeWine has a history of fighting for Ohio’s children.
“From supporting children’s mental and physical health through home visiting programs and the Student Wellness and Success Fund to promoting school readiness with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library, Governor DeWine believes that by ensuring kids have the opportunity to succeed, we are putting Ohio on the path to a brighter future,” Temple said.
Brown said the Build Back Better plan would help parents like Morgan, because it includes a tax cut for families with children. Morgan said she expects about a $6,000 tax cut for her family.
“This is the largest tax cut in American history for working families,” Brown said.