ST. PAUL — Rep. Lisa Demuth, R-Cold Spring, issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s passage of HF4531, a package of bills that continues the Minnesota Legislature's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was good to see the House come together to help Minnesotans,” Demuth said. “I am especially pleased to see the Legislation approved Thursday includes funding to support Child Care Aware for six resource and referral programs to issue grants.
“Maintaining access to child care in this time of temporary uncertainty is critical to our families and to our economy. Some people are not working, others have the opportunity to work and still others must work. We need to make sure people who continue working have options for their children to receive proper care. I am proud of how well we worked together to get this done.”
Demuth played a prominent role in crafting the child care legislation, serving as the lead House Republican on the child care budget package. She also is a member of the Early Childhood Finance and Policy Division.
Over the past week, the four legislative caucuses have been working together to negotiate a variety of provisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the efforts of House Republicans, there are multiple sunsets, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures. Earlier this month, the legislature approved $221 million in funding to assist with COVID-19 preparation and response.