Bill Would Help Parents Receiving Child Care Subsidy

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Parents could soon have the ability to take a pay raise and keep their child care subsidy. A bill introduced in the Legislature by Sen. Tanya Cook of Omaha would disregard 10 percent of income when determining eligibility for Nebraska's child care subsidy program.

The disregard would apply after 12 continuous months on the program.

Cook says parents now earning $1 more than the income requirement become ineligible for the subsidy. She wants to provide breathing room for those who may be in a transition, such as a divorce.

Aubrey Mancuso of Voices for Children in Nebraska says the bill addresses the so-called "cliff effect," which encourages people to stay at a lower income to keep their subsidy eligibility.

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