Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey said cuts or changes to the way the state funds its Pre-K program are not seriously under consideration as Republicans try to figure out how to shave millions of dollars off the state budget.
“I’ve never been a proponent of Pre-K… but I’m politically realistic enough to know we can’t back up on stuff we’ve already done,” Ramsey said Wednesday. “There’s no plan on the board to cut Pre-K.”
GOP lawmakers earlier this week were reportedly contemplating changing the way the state’s $86 million preschool program for the economically disadvantaged would be funded. Rumors swirled around possibly paying for the program with one-time money, which would put the program for economically disadvantaged families in budget cutting cross hairs next year due to a lack of funds.
Ramsey, a Blountville GOP candidate for governor, said he does not yet know when Capitol Hill Republicans will release their version of a budget plan, or what potential cuts would be included.