While other states are increasing investments in early education programs such as Head Start and universal pre-K, Massachusetts has cut these programs by nearly $1 million.

"Access to state-funded pre-kindergarten programs “remains limited” in Massachusetts, the report said, with 11 percent of four-year-olds and 3 percent of three-year-olds served. In addition, the state falls short on some industry quality control areas. For instance, it does not require pre-kindergarten teachers to have a college degree."

Yet while we cannot find $1 million to invest in our youngest residents, we are able to waste $100 million a year on health care for municipal employees who refuse to move to the GIC - i.e. the health insurance program that covers state employees and legislators.


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