House Democrats today said ending preschool for nearly 20,000 kids is shortsighted and encouraged Iowans concerned about state budget cuts to participate in a public hearing at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm or submit comments on a new web page for concerned Iowans at www.iowahouse.org/savepreschool.

“With research proving every $1 spent on preschool saves taxpayers $7 later, we believe preschool is a wise investment for our state and a good benefit for middle class families across Iowa,” said Rep. Cindy Winckler of Davenport, who is Ranking Member of the House Education Budget Subcommittee. “Just as we’ve increased access to voluntary preschool to 90% of four year olds in Iowa, it’s wrong to end preschool for 20,000 kids across the state.”

“After promising $200-300 million in savings in this year’s budget, House Republicans have failed to meet their own promise with a plan that saves only $6 million this year. House Democrats will work with Republicans to make state government more efficient, but we won’t do it at the expense of kids and jobs,” said State Rep. Tyler Olson, D-Cedar Rapids, who is Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I encourage Iowans to participate in the public hearing on Tuesday or leave their comments online at www.iowahouse.org/savepreschool.”

A public hearing will be held in the House Chambers at the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 18 at 6:30 pm on the bill, House File 45, and Iowans can sign up to speak by calling 515-281-5129.

House Democrats have also launched a website for Iowans to submit their comments online or get more information about the Republican proposal at www.iowahouse.org/savepreschool.