My support for higher State funding of basic education has helped to keep school property taxes in check in our area. I will continue to workwith school districts to control expenses, especially pension costs, so we avoid the need for large tax increases. I will vote to reform our State Pension systems to cut costs, provide adequate state funding and modify benefits so we insure the affordability and financial stability of our pension systems. Over the past several years, with my support, the State has greatly expanded early childhood education through pre-K, headstart and other programs. Test results are all ready showing how this investment is not only helping our kids, but also saving us education dollars.