Working families and day care providers fearful that state cuts will cripple them

03/01/2013 05:18 PM

ELSMERE — Planned cuts to the state’s child care subsidy program will hurt more than just the low-income families who will lose the help paying for day care.

The funding cuts also could close down day care centers and start an economic chain reaction, say some parents, advocates and day care providers.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced in January that it was cutting funding for the program to help make up for an $86 million budget deficit. Health Cabinet Secretary Audrey Haynes told Pure Politics that a combination of four rounds of state budget cuts and federal funding drying up left the agency no choice.

And that has working-class parents and the operators of the Building Block Early Learning Center in Elsmere stressed over how they’ll be able to make ends meet.

Gov. Steve Beshear has said the state government has no more money to move around and that the only option to prevent the cuts is raising more money through tax reform. Lawmakers, however, aren’t taking up that issue during the 2013 General Assembly session, which has eight days left.

Key Republican lawmakers and Democrats have denounced the cuts. But they haven’t proposed a way to replace the money.


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