Bill aims to help parents forced to choose between work, children

8 months 1 day 22 hours ago Thursday, March 23 2017 Mar 23, 2017 Thursday, March 23, 2017 2:24:00 PM CDT March 23, 2017 in News
By: Max Diekneite, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA— A bill supported by representatives on both sides of the aisle aims to change the way childcare subsidies are distributed in Missouri.

“When somebody has to turn down a 10-cent an hour raise because they’re afraid of losing that benefit, it’s really a bad position for people to be in,” said Darin Preis, the Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), an organization that helps low-income families.

Pries said he sees families struggle with that dilemma all the time. 

“There’s not a week that goes by where we don’t hear some case where somebody turns down that raise because they’re going to lose some kind of benefit,” Preis said. He said people are forced to do what’s right for their family, even though it many times hurts their own career aspirations.

But that could soon change, thanks to a bipartisan effort. Both Rep. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, and Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, are sponsoring legislation that would help families living under the poverty line keep their childcare subsidies – and allow those barely living above it to receive similar benefits.

According to Quade, a social worker herself, the current childcare subsidies provided by the state of Missouri only allow people with extremely low wages to qualify. She said she’s seen people turn down raises out of fear of losing the payments they need to pay for their child’s daycare.

“It was one of their biggest frustrations about becoming more self-sufficient, and being able to support their families, it was just something that came up over and over again,” Quade said.

Quade said she is very optimistic her bill will pass, thanks in large part to the support she's received on both sides of the aisle. But, while similar laws have been implemented in the past, a recent report compiled by the Missouri Department of Social Services says no one actually benefited, due in large part to the state's budget cuts.

Preis is hopeful that this bill will finally address an issue many Missouri families face. 

“It creates a lot of hopelessness. People feel like their back is in the corner and they have nowhere to go. If they work hard, and do what their society says they should do, then they’re punished, because their benefits go down.”

 

More News

Grid
List
FORT LEONARD WOOD - Soldiers attending 787th Military Police Battalion for Military Police One Station Unit Training enjoy a traditional... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 8:45:00 PM CST November 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Parks and Recreation had big plans in mind when it first started building a championship level disc... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:49:00 PM CST November 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Shoppers put down their forks and picked up their wallets as Black Friday deals ran into Thanksgiving. ... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 7:39:00 PM CST November 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Volunteers, young and old, served food to hundreds of people for Almeta Crayton’s Everybody Eats 20th Annual Thanksgiving... More >>
9 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 2:50:00 PM CST November 23, 2017 in News
MEXICO - A 34-year-old man died Thursday morning after he crashed his vehicle. Omar Guadencio Cruz-Martinez, of Mexico, Missouri,... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 12:47:42 PM CST November 23, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Boone County Sheriff's Department confirmed a pedestrian died after being struck by a car on Wednesday... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 12:19:00 PM CST November 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - There are school choirs, church choirs, and mixed choirs, but now there is the opportunity to join a... More >>
11 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 11:57:00 AM CST November 23, 2017 in News
BOONVILLE - The breeding home of the Budweiser Clydesdales, Warm Springs Ranch, is hosting its inaugural Holiday Lights Festival starting... More >>
13 hours ago Thursday, November 23 2017 Nov 23, 2017 Thursday, November 23, 2017 10:39:00 AM CST November 23, 2017 in News
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department said it is investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday night. ... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:58:20 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball star Michael Porter Jr. is recovering after undergoing surgery in Dallas Tuesday. MU said he will... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 6:34:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
BARNETT, Mo - A Morgan County detective is apologizing after shooting and killing a family's dog. He was attempting... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 5:35:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - On Wednesday, Columbia police released photos of an October armed robbery at Dash Liquor. On October 29,... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 5:01:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Highway Patrol is joining the fight against opioids. The drug has caused a nationwide crisis,... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 4:27:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man involved in a deadly shooting in May has been indicted by a federal grand jury... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 4:04:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – With Thanksgiving comes a lot more traffic on the roads. In fact, according to AAA there will... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 2:14:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley sent a letter to Uber on Wednesday demanding the rideshare take immediate... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 1:51:00 PM CST November 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - City Council voted 4-2 on Monday to postpone a preliminary plat for Columbia Public Schools’ new middle school... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM CST November 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boone County judge approved a change of venue request for a man accused in a deadly October... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:56:00 AM CST November 22, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 44°
12am 40°
1am 40°
2am 40°
3am 39°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:05p
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
12:07a
Late Night with Seth Meyers
1:07a
Last Call with Carson Daly
11:30p
The King of Queens
12:00a
King of the Hill
12:30a
Cops

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Sunday Night Football Thanksgiving Special
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld