Opponents view a state-funded $16 million media blitz touting the benefits of preschool education as a taxpayer-funded campaign to "soften up" California voters for a universal preschool initiative that could be on the ballot next June. Denying the charge, Kris Perry, executive director of the government commission behind the announcements, says her group will stop the ads as soon as the Secretary of State confirms the initiative has the 1 million signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

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