Morning call: Pennsylvania’s taxing politics of early childhood education
by Steve Esack – Pennsylvania’s budget season is in full swing as the fiscal year winds down and the next one begins July 1.Pennsylvania’s budget season is in full swing as the fiscal year winds down and the next one begins July 1. That means the Capitol is swarming with professional and grassroots lobbyists looking to cut, protect or enhance funding levels in a variety of programs…
Advocates who run Pre-K for PA campaign released a poll they paid to conduct showing three quarters of likely voters support more money for “high-quality, publicly-funded” preschool. That is a 12 percentage point increase (63 percent to 75 percent) since the poll was last conducted in 2013.
The higher support was across the board, regardless of political persuasion or gender, according to the poll conducted by Harper Polling of Harrisburg.
The poll found 57 percent of Republicans favor more money and an even greater percentage of voters who identified themselves as “conservative” or moderate. The poll found 91 percent of Democrats favor more money and an even higher percent of voters who identify themselves as liberal.
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