CHICAGO – State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is backing legislation to fully restore state child care assistance for working families, fighting to reverse a destructive cut made by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“Day care is one of the fastest rising expenses for working and middle-class families,” said Stratton. “At a time when families are hurting, it is inexcusable for Governor Rauner to force children and parents to bear the financial burden for his administration’s decisions.”
In July 2015, Rauner kicked 30,000 families off of the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), unilaterally imposing harsh income rules without receiving input from the public or seeking the consent of legislators. Stratton is sponsoring House Bill 721, which would reverse the governor’s unfair rules and restore eligibility to the program to its pre-Rauner level. Stratton’s bill would raise the income eligibility for a family of four by over $5,500.
“I urge the governor to join me in my community and see that these child care programs do work,” Stratton said. “They allow low-income students to get a leg-up in life. They allow parents to go to work. Yet the governor has treated child care assistance like another budget line item that deserves the axe. The governor is misguided – child care is an investment which must be prioritized to help stabilize families and our communities.