MN, WI lawmakers back child care access legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three U.S. Senators from Minnesota and Wisconsin are backing a federal bill that aims to address the affordable child care shortage.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) each helped introduce the “Child Care for Working Families Act” this week.

According to Klobuchar’s office, under this legislation, states could receive grants for projects that support the education, training, or retention of the child care workforce.

States could also receive grants for building, renovating, or expanding child care facilities in areas with child care shortages.

Baldwin’s office said, if passed, the legislation would also ensure that no family under 150 percent of state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on child care.

There is also a piece of companion legislation making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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