IP-3-1999 (February 1999)
Author: Dave Kopel
Senate Bill 132 contains many provisions for what to do with the revenue from the new tobacco Asettlement@ (really, a new tobacco tax). The most worthwhile of these is for a visiting nurse program for at-risk new mothers. Such programs have an established record of success. In the long run, visiting nurse programs save the government a great deal of money, including reduced welfare and criminal justice costs. Any Visiting Nurse or similar program should be carefully structured to avoid civil liberties problems.