Rep. Hanna Pushes Federal Pre-K Bill, Actress Jennifer Garner Adds Her Support
Republican Congressman Richard Hanna who represents Cortland and surrounding Counties is sponsoring legislation that would expand pre kindergarten education programs in every state.
Congressman Hanna was joined on Capitol Hill Wednesday joined by Actress Jennifer Garner to promote the pre-k bill that if approved would expand early childhood education programs.
The Strong Start for America's Children Act would provide federal matching funds to expand pre-K education programs to every 4-year-old in the nation.
New York is among the 39 states that offer their own state-funded early education programs, this bill would provide more federal money to expand the current offerings.
Garner, a mother of three, is among the advocates for the bill, she says early education is the key to lifting millions out of poverty.
Hanna said "High-quality early learning guarantees a reduction in spending on entitlements, welfare and incarceration," the Congressman went on to say, "It also lowers obesity rates, helping to reduce healthcare costs."
President Obama proposed an expansion of early Pre-K programs earlier this year, the price tag is estimated at $75 billion over 10 years. The President suggested the increased cost could be paid for by doubling the federal tobacco tax to $1.95 per pack. The proposal was rejected by House Republicans.
Hanna’s proposal would cost about $30 billion over the first five years, the legislation does not include a mechanism to pay for it.