We knew this was coming: Former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine quickly lashed out at his successor after hearing that Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell cut spending for one of his signature initiatives: pre-kindergarten education.
Kaine, who left office in 2010 and is now a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012, increased the budget for pre-kindergarten, but not enough to expand the program to all 4-year-olds. House Republicans opposed the program, and have already talked about cutting it out of the budget next year.
McDonnell’s office scrambled Monday, after the two-year, $85 billion was unveiled, to say that while the budget seems to call for an $81 million cut to pre-kindergarten programs, the administration had merely corrected for faulty enrollment projections. There would, in fact, be more money for pre-K, administration officials said..
“We came up with a different set of projections for numbers of students and the dollars just flowed accordingly,” Finance Secretary Richard D. Brown. “The program is still vibrant, still healthy.”