February 6, 2014
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Richard Hanna are teaming up to push for federal funding for universal pre-kindergarten education.
The argument Gillibrand, a democrat, and Hanna, a republican, are making is that funding universal pre-kindergarten is an investment, not an expense. But, it's a big investment.
Hanna says it will cost $75 billion over a decade. He says it's a shame poor kids and wealthy kids don't ahve the same opportunities.
"If we don't step in and guarantee universal pre-k education for every young person born in this country today, we are condemning them to a life that will not produce better children for them," says Hanna.
Hanna and Gillibrand visited a pre-k classroom in Herkimer Monday to announce the proposal. The lawmakers note that 35 states are discussing implementing universal pre-k including New York, but only three are actually funding it right now.
Gillibrand says money could come from decreasing the guaranteed profit margin for crop insurance companies in the current farm bill proposal.