State-funded preK implementation
In our last update, we mentioned that the Senate Appropriations Committee level-funded preK at $3M. We were hoping once the new revenue estimates were available the final budget would reflect an increase for preK to at least $6M. This did not happen. However, MSF will continue to work to support the current preK collaboratives and will push to increase funding during the next legislative session.
We held a great event on March 21, 2014, in Hattiesburg at the University of Southern Mississippi. The purpose of the event was to explain and advertise the state tax credit included in the preK bill. The tax credit enables Mississippians who donate to an approved collaborative to claim a tax credit on their state taxes. The event was such a success that we are in the process of planning an additional preK event. We will keep you posted as the plans are finalized. To learn more about the preK event in March, click here. In addition to the event, MSF created a variety of materials about preK in Mississippi to help inform people about the preK tax incentive and collaboratives. Click here to view those materials.