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Some will have to wait for state day-care aid

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm with 7 Comments »
February 28, 2011 1:09 pm

Starting Tuesday, low-income workers who want state help paying for day care will have to get in line.

For the first time in more than 20 years, Washington will put some applicants for child-care subsidies on a waiting list, according to the Department of Early Learning.

Officials will aim to keep enrollment at or below 35,200 families. Applicants beyond that cap will go on a waiting list. Enrollment stood a little over 36,000 in January.

But families with special-needs children or who are poor enough to be eligible for welfare will be exempted, and no one will be kicked off the program, as happened last year when the eligibility income was lowered to 175 percent of the poverty level.

An even larger cut in eligibility was slated by Gov. Chris Gregoire, but under pressure from lawmakers her budget office canceled it in favor of the waiting list and higher co-pays for parents.

The waiting list is expected to save $5 million through June, not the more than $12 million planned under the original cuts. The rest of the cuts will have to come from somewhere else in the welfare budget.

Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma, today said the waiting list represents an acceptable compromise considering the tough decisions that have to be made as the state gets more applications for welfare aid without more help from the federal government. She and other lawmakers want to take over authority for the welfare budget from the governor.

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  1. the3rdpigshouse says:

    This is garbage – why should other taxpayers for childcare for anyone – use those who do not work and are ereceiving any assistance from the state as babysitters – for nothing !!!

  2. tacomajoe says:

    Low income parents should form a union. The state would trip over itself in throwing money at them.

  3. tree_guy says:

    Low income workers with kids should get jobs at the daycare center. Then they could just bring their kids with them to work. Please leave the taxpayers out of this.

  4. the3rdpigshouse says:

    The taxpayers money is viewed as a slush fund to the socialist legislature in the Socialist State of Washington!!! They still believe they have not yet run out of everyone elses money!!!!

  5. Alison7613 says:

    What? These are low income workers, “pigshouse,” not unemployed people. UW professor Eric Liu said it best on MLK day at The Dome: “We’re all better off when we’re all better off.”

    If we continue to kick those at the bottom even harder, it’s going to get a whole lot worse for ALL of us.

  6. tree_guy says:

    “If we continue to kick those at the bottom even harder, it’s going to get a whole lot worse for ALL of us”.

    Read more: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/politics/2011/02/28/some-will-have-to-wait-for-child-care-subsidies/#ixzz1FJykSO4p

    OK Allison, you sound pretty smart. If we aren’t going to cut the budget by reducing state provided daycare, then where would YOU make the cuts?

  7. Alison7613 — I didn’t kick anybody at the bottom. They kicked themselves when they created children they couldn’t provide for. There are a lot of us getting really tired of being condemned for being responsible and planning ahead.

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