March 4, 2009
Senate Democrats Request Governor to Call for Special Session on Child Care
Thank you all for coming. We are here today to urge Governor Brewer to immediately call a Special Session of the Legislature to restore funding for child care subsidies.
We are imploring her, as part of her planned speech later today, to include a call for a Special Session devoted to using part of the $50 million dollars in Federal Stimulus child care money to restore the cuts to DES.
Without this funding, 15,000 children will lose this vital assistance and 5,100 more will be put on a waiting list.
We met with the Governor’s staff yesterday to review a proposal that would restore $18.2 million in federal stimulus money to backfill the FY 2009 cuts to child care assistance. This would keep the current eligibility requirements for families earning less than 165% of the Federal Poverty Level in place.
It does not expand the current program, but rather, keeps the status quo which will help thousands of Arizona families keep their jobs.
We stand here in support of the Governor’s Plan. We will work with her in a bi-partisan manner to make sure that we protect Arizona’s children and working families.
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez
Director of Communication, Senate Democratic Caucus