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Memorandum of Support

Help Low Wage Parents Keep their Jobs


Support the Temporary Work Exemption for Parents of Young Children

(A.8101/S.5586)


For many families the cost of child care almost double what a family of three with two children pays for rent. For example, in Albany County an adult with an infant and a pre-schooler is likely to pay $897 per month in rent and $1753 per month in child care.

Child care funding in the Executive Budget is $20 million less than last year, despite the assertion of the Executive Budget narrative which states that the Governor’s addition of $93 million in general funds will keep child care funding at the same level as last year. That level is $60 million less than in 2010-11 and at least  $70 million less funding for child care than in 2009-2010.

Due to the significant cuts in funding for child care, many counties are no longer able to provide child care subsidies to families that earn up to 200% of poverty as the law allows. Some counties have lowered eligibility by as much as half and many are unable to enroll new families.

This proposal is a cost neutral way to free up childcare money for low wage working families. It temporarily exempts single parents with children under the age of one from the welfare work requirements. This frees up more child care subsidy funds, allowing counties to target them for people who already have paying  jobs. We envision this as a temporary measure until the economy recovers.

Each subsidy that is not used for a public assistance recipient creates 2.1 subsidies for working families because working families have a copayment based on their income (public assistance recipients, because of their extremely low income, do not have a copayment).

Conservatively, this proposal would free up at least $16.4 million in child care subsidies for low income working families.

Please contact Majority Leader Skelos and Speaker Silver and speak up in Conference in support of this common sense proposal.

This memo was prepared by:


Susan C. Antos

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
santos@empirejustice.org


Kristin Brown

Empire Justice Center
119 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210 


(518) 462-6831
(518) 935-2852
kbrown@empirejustice.org

05/23/12