Here is some not so shocking news. House Speaker Thom Tillis, after saying Monday that the state is not doing enough to help young children, announced Tuesday that lawmakers would not be restoring some of the damaging budget cuts made to early childhood programs this year.
Superior Court Judge Howard Manning has ordered the General Assembly to make the state’s pre-kindergarten program available to all at-risk 4-year-olds and this fall Gov. Beverly Perdue presented lawmakers with a proposal to shift $30 million to the program to allow 6,300 kids to enroll. Tillis seemed to be leaning that way Monday, but Tuesday was a different story.
It is not the first time Tillis has expressed second thoughts about decisions made by the Republican General Assembly and hinted that he would change them, only to later distance himself from his own remarks.
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