Governor Tim Kaine says a budget shortfall won't stop him from pursuing an expansion of pre-kindergarten programs.
Kaine talked about his signature education proposal Tuesday at AP Day at the Capital, an annual gathering of journalists who cover government and the General Assembly.
The governor said he's putting the finishing touches on plans to close a $641 million gap in the current budget, as well as drafting a new two-year budget that reflects slower revenue growth.
But he added that government can't stop being innovative when times are lean. That's why he's forging ahead with the pre-K expansion, which he said will improve children's chances for long-term success.
He said mental-health reform also will be a priority.