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Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants a $60 million boost for pre-kindergarten programs next year

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants a $60 million boost to state-subsidized pre-kindergarten programs in Pennsylvania next year.

The figure he announced Thursday will be part of the budget proposal he delivers to the Legislature next week. It would increase the state's current pre-kindergarten subsidy by one-third.

Wolf initially sought a $120 million increase for pre-kindergarten programs last year, but signed a $30 million increase in December after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a budget measure he opposed.

Wolf is fighting for another $30 million for pre-kindergarten programs in this year's budget after a bipartisan deal collapsed amid House GOP resistance to the accompanying tax increase Wolf wanted to boost education aid and narrow a deficit.

The budget fight has left billions in limbo in the current fiscal year.

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