FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 20th, 2019
It Creates an Open Door
Senator Joan Heckaman introduced SB 2276 that would have dedicated 5% of the investments made on behalf of the Legacy Fund to the Bank of North Dakota for a revolving loan fund to address community needs. These funds could have been used to support many community services including childcare centers. For the biennium, it would have generated an estimated $200M. The bill passed comfortably in the Senate, but Republicans killed the bill in the House.
In 2016 the eligibility rate of the child care assistance program was reduced from 85 percent to 60 percent. This change removed 850 children from the program. This session, Representative Ruth Buffalo introduced HB 1540 that would have reinstated the eligibility to 85 percent of the state median income level. This would have provided much needed financial relief for working families across the state, but unfortunately, the bill was killed by Republicans in the house.