With a little more than two months to go before Gov. Tom Corbett gives his annual budget address, state lawmakers and the Republican administration are looking for ways to fill a roughly $1.4 billion year-endl deficit. State officials and the press will get a clearer picture of the state's fiscal health this week when Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Charles Zogby gives his midyear briefing. But officials are already settling on a likely menu of pension cuts, expanded Lottery gambling and the auctioning off of utility customers to help fill the gap.
- What does all the evidence say about effective preschool education and long-term cognitive benefits?
- What are the estimated effects of state and local pre-K programs in more recent years?
- Is Head Start ineffective?
- Can government improve the quality of public preschool education?
- If states expand pre-K with temporary federal matching funds, what happens to state education budgets when that federal money is not available?