SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Senate Republicans Monday proposed a Human Services Reform budget that would eliminate the entire child care assistance program. Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, issued the following statement in response.
“After telling Minnesotans they planned to ‘freeze’ spending on child care assistance, Senate Republicans today went way past a freeze and put out a draconian budget bill that would cut the entire program. That means 30,000 kids and 15,000 families would be kicked out of a program meant to lower the cost of child care for working families. This program is crucial. Without it, more families aren’t going to be able to afford child care, more parents won’t be able to keep going to work, and more kids will end up in the child protection system.
“We’re here at the Capitol to try to make our government work better for the people of Minnesota – this human services budget does the opposite. Making it harder for families to pay for child care just makes it harder for parents to keep jobs and get food on the table. I can’t fathom why anyone would think this is a good idea.”