Friday, February 09, 2024
Republicans historically have been lukewarm about using taxpayer money for child care, even as they have embraced prekindergarten. But the pandemic, which left many child care providers in crisis, underscored how precarious the industry is and how many working parents rely on it. In 2021, Congress passed $24 billion of pandemic aid for child care businesses, an unprecedented federal investment. Now, as that aid dries up, Republican state lawmakers across the country are embracing plans to support child care -- and even making it central to their policy agendas.
Republicans regrowing some brain cells? Some compassion?
When the Trump frenzy breaks, hopefully a lot of people will look in the rearview mirror and not like the landscape.
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