In the midst of one of the most unprecedented economic crises of our time, Anchorage, Alaska achieved a great children's funding win with voters passing a 5% tax on alcoholic beverages. This new measure is expected to raise between $11 - $15 million dollars dedicated to health and safety services, including early education programs for children.

This success follows a similar, failed initiative that advocates attempted to pass last year. Following that setback, organizers worked hard to build more support for this year's tax by reaching out to business and local political leaders. Their efforts paid off, showing that it is possible to raise taxes for kids and families even when the economic system is in limbo (something we also highlighted in our recession paper above).

Read more about Anchorage's new dedicated tax here.