Cuts in Funding Threaten Working Families
At her daycare, Hattie Waddell only charges parents $95 a week to watch their kids for 40 or 50 hours and feed them two meals every day. This is exactly the amount most of her clients — who earn minimum wage, or something near it — receive in government subsidies. This way they don’t have to pay extra from their own pockets. But the state is making a series of cuts to the subsidies, starting Monday. After this summer, only the poorest clients will remain eligible; the rest will lose their subsidies after whenever their yearly renewal term ends.