Law enforcement adds backing to Wolf’s pre-kindergarten plan

CAMP HILL, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is getting help from law enforcement officials in his push to persuade lawmakers to spend more money to raise the quality of Pennsylvania’s pre-kindergarten programs.

Wolf appeared Tuesday morning at Camp Hill prison with several district attorneys and the head of the state prisons agency. They say more high quality pre-kindergarten programs would boost high school graduation rates and reduce the number of people in prison.

Wolf’s budget proposal would add $120 million in early-childhood education funding, an 88 percent increase, and help Pennsylvania catch up to other states that make high-quality pre-kindergarten education more widely available.

However, Pennsylvania state government is facing a large projected deficit and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature haven’t signaled whether they’ll support Wolf’s proposal, particularly if it requires a tax increase.

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