make WWAY your homepage  Become a fan on facebook  Follow us on twitter  Receive RSS Newsfeeds  MEMBERS: Register | Login

GOP worried about NC pre-K expansion finances


Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Republican legislative leaders are upset with how outgoing Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration is spending money to expand pre-kindergarten for thousands of additional children through next summer.

A GOP-led oversight panel at the Legislature questioned Tuesday how the Department of Health and Human Services has located $20 million within its agencies to enroll more than 6,000 additional 4-year-olds in the free voluntary pre-kindergarten program.

Department Acting Secretary Al Delia says the money will come in part from funds unlikely to be spent for services like foster care and drugs for people with AIDS.

Delia says there will be no negative impact on services. But panel co-chairman Rep. Nelson Dollar says he's worried about spending extra funds when the department has a recent history of shortfalls.

Perdue leaves office in January.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Disclaimer: Comments posted on this, or any story are opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY NewsChannel 3, its management or employees. You can view our comment policy here.



The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.