BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The first draft of Montana’s 2020-2021 state budget won’t include the $22 million Gov. Steve Bullock requested to expand publicly funded preschool.
A Republican-led budget subcommittee on education left out the governor’s preschool funding.
Changes will be made along the way as the spending plan goes before at least two legislative committees and the full House and Senate.
In 2017, lawmakers approved $6 million for a pilot preschool program. The session’s final days saw the addition after rejecting the governor’s initial $12 million request.
Certainly, Bullock has made publicly funded preschool a priority.