St Paul, MN – Senate Republicans released their Human Services Reform budget bill yesterday, which eliminates the entire childcare assistance program (CCAP). This program currently supports 30,000 children in 13,000 families, helping pay for childcare while parents work or attend school or training programs.
“The Republican proposal to completely eliminate all childcare assistance is extremely damaging to Minnesota’s hard-working families”, said Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), ranking minority member on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “This program is a vital way that we support working families, make sure all children have access to quality early childhood programs, and break the cycle of poverty. Minnesota has a childcare shortage, and this bill would make it worse. This childcare shortage would become a crisis.”
“In addition to the disastrous impact on families and children, it would harm businesses whose employees are no longer able to work without childcare assistance. Minnesota’s working families, young children, and businesses would benefit from an expanded childcare assistance program (see SF 625 or HF 1). I’m appalled that instead, Republicans have proposed to completely eliminate this much-needed assistance.”