Sen. Robach: Voters will have say in Cuomo's universal Pre-K proposal

Updated: 01/09/2014 6:01 PM
Created: 01/09/2014 5:59 PM WHEC.com

Tax breaks, keeping business in New York and reforming education in the state were all major points Governor Andrew Cuomo focused on during his State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday.

When it comes to education, Governor Cuomo wants to focus on quality schooling earlier in life. He's hoping to establish universal, full-day Pre-K across the entire state. It would mean Pre-K would be offered through the school district you live in you wouldn't have to go to a private location to get your children early education.

But the question is: who would pay for this change to the education system? We spoke with local leaders who say that would be up to the people of New York.

Senator Joe Robach says, "It is a little bit of the yin and the yang. But in this case, what I like about it is: if we are going to spend more money that will be up to the people of New York. Not the leaders in Albany. I think that's a better way to do it."

Robach tells us the mayor of New York City wants to pay for the city's universal Pre-K program by raising taxes, but the governor has refused to do that for a statewide system.


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