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Rep. Kathy Lohmer Advances Bill to Protect Child Care Assistance Funds
Legislation would prohibit the deduction of union dues from state payments
ST. PAUL – Representative Kathy Lohmer (R-Lake Elmo) this week advanced a bill that would protect child care assistance funds from the deduction of union dues or fees.
“We have heard time and time again from providers that child care assistance payments need to be delegated solely to child care assistance,” Lohmer said. “In the event of child care unionization, union dues and fees should not be withdrawn from state child care subsidies prior to the providers receiving them. Rather, state money should be used only for the quality care of our children.”
House File 1766 has received strong support from child care providers, as many are concerned that the deduction of dues would require them to stop enrolling child care assistance families or to make drastic cuts to their child care programs.
“This bill is very important for child care providers around the state,” Lohmer explained. “They want to have the freedom to decide how to pay for dues should unionization occur. We must remember that, in our current economic climate, we need to alleviate families’ financial burdens, not exacerbate them.”
The bill awaits action on the House Floor. Senator Ted Lillie (R-Lake Elmo) sponsors a companion in the Senate.
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