New Bill Would Help Make Child Care More Affordable

Michelle Knoll | KSTP TV | February 14, 2012

There’s a new push to help Minnesota parents pay for child care.  Rep. Nora Slawik (DFL) and Sen. Mary Jo McGuire (DFL) announced the Child Care Affordability Act Tuesday.

It would restore funding to child care providers, money that was lost last year in order to balance the budget.

It would make sure providers are reimbursed at 75-percent of the market rate. It would also reinstate funding for professional development of child care providers and get rid of the waiting list for child care in the state.

Daycare providers at Tuesday’s announcement say they’re making their own incomes go as far as possible to care for these kids. They say it’s not fair to keep raising rates on parents.

The proposal would cost between $300 million and $500 million dollars.

Slawik and McGuire want to pay for the bill by taxing the rich or attaching it to a Vikings stadium bill.

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