The governor has approved a measure to restore $73 million to child care providers, but advocates say that’s just the beginning. Keith Kelleher of the Service Employees International Union says he’s glad child care providers will continue to get paid through the budget year (June 30). But he warns against the $85 million in cuts in the governor’s budget proposal.
He says it’s ironic the state can give tax breaks to corporations like CME and Sears but can’t help the little guy. “Cutting children so that the Board of Trade can make $900 million every year I don’t think is the way to run a state or state government. They need to close those loopholes,” Kelleher says.
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Kelleher says the state has cut to the bone and lawmakers must think about ways to raise more revenue. State Sen. Carole Pankau (R-Itasca) says it’s great that the program was saved, but lawmakers should see if they can move money around for next year’s budget. “I am voting for this. I urge everyone else to vote for it,” Pankau says. “But maybe it’s time we spent some extra time taking that fine-tooth comb to the budget.” She says lawmakers can find money when they really want to.