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Obama's Proposed Budget "Connects" With MN Child Care Advocates

February 1, 2010

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A piece of President Obama's budget proposal, coming out today, is focusing on the smallest Americans and their families. James Carlson, director of public policy for Minnesota Childcare Works, says the President's proposal would provide relief for thousands more Minnesota families who make $85,000 a year or less. Carlson says 150,000 families are taking advantage of the current federal child care tax credit for those earning up to $45,000. He says the proposal on the table could be pivotal in allowing families a choice of going back to work.

"This credit will help those families, hopefully, choose to stay working, and in some cases, it might be enough money for them to choose a higher-quality experience for their child than they otherwise could afford."

Carlson says low-income families will also benefit from President Obama's proposal to spend $1.6 billion on child care assistance programs, $20 million of which would come to Minnesota.

"To bring it home, that is significant. That means we can reduce the waiting list by another three- to four-thousand families and potentially eliminate the waiting list . . . potentially."

Currently, families making under $85,000 a year can claim a tax credit equal to 20 percent of their child care expenses. Under the new proposal, that would increase to 35 percent. Families making $85,000 to $115,000 would also see an increase in their tax credit. Opponents say this is not a pro-growth tax cut, arguing that only broader tax cuts will help put Americans back to work.

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MN