2009.09.16 Margaret Gross: Early childhood funding
In less than 30 days a new state budget must be in place for the next fiscal year. The budget decisions facing the legislature and administration are gut wrenching and boil down to matter of priorities. How our legislators prioritize next year’s spending will shape the future for all of us. If Michigan is to survive and thrive in the 21st century, young children must be one of Lansing’s priorities.
Every cost analysis of early childhood programs shows the benefits far outweigh the cost. Other industrialized countries around the world already recognize the connection between a strong economic future and giving children a strong start. It is imperative that Michigan reset its priorities for the future. Legislators must lead the way by spending wisely.
Please contact your representative and ask them to vote to maintain early childhood programs and move Michigan forward.
• State Representative Dudley Spade
• State Senator Cameron Brown
– Margaret Gross, director Lenawee Great Start