FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6th, 2019
ICYMI: Access to Childcare Means Access to the Workforce
During a special session in 2016, the Legislature passed a budget that made deep cuts to child care assistance. Senator Tim Mathern, (D-District 11) and state then-Representative Kathy Hogan, (D-District 21) tried unsuccessfully to make amendments on the bill. These amendments would have restored funding from the first allotment cuts then-Governor Dalrymple ordered earlier that year to the child care assistance program.
Representative Buffalo understood that “access to childcare means access to the workforce,” and sponsored HB 1540. This bill would have expanded access to childcare assistance for working families in North Dakota. Unfortunately, this bill failed in the House. In legislative sessions going forward, she hopes that both parties can work together to pass legislation that builds safer, stronger communities and bring forth an economy that works for all North Dakotans.
Listen to her entire interview with Jack Sunday here.