BOSTON (State House News Service) - Gov. Deval Patrick is planning major increases in education spending during his final two years in office.
Patrick is in Roxbury Tuesday, and plans to call for a $550 million increase in education funding in fiscal 2014; an investment he hopes will rise to $1 billion over the next four years.
The governor's plans call for the state to deliver on its promise of universal access to early education by eliminating waiting lists.
Patrick will propose a $226 million increase in Chapter 70 education aid in his fiscal 2014 budget, which is due for public release next week.
And Patrick wants to make college more affordable to low and middle income earners with a $152 million increase in funding.
It's unclear whether the funding increases are predicated on tax increases that Patrick outlined on Monday as necessary to make major investments in transportation and infrastructure.
The state's economic recovery has weakened in recent months, forcing Patrick to unveil emergency spending cuts and ask the Legislature to help close a $550 million gap in the fiscal 2013 budget.
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