Groups are pushing for more child care aid for Michigan’s low-income working families, including the allocation of $63 million in unused federal child care dollars, as well as possible additional funding from the state.
Michigan had the lowest income limit for child care assistance in the nation in 2017, at 123 percent of the federal poverty line. A family of three would need to earn less than $25,116 to qualify for state child care aid. (The median household income in Michigan is $54,909.)
Michigan needs workers. Workers need child care. But the cost is out of reach for many Michigan families. Will the weight of CEO’s and, increasingly, Republican lawmakers prompt the state to open its wallet?
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