Republican, Democrat legislators cry foul over removal of day care subsidies from bill

BISMARCK, N.D. (GPN) – A Republican and a Democratic lawmaker are joining forces to oppose potential spending reductions on child care.

Fargo Republican Rep. Kathy Hawken and Democratic state Sen. Joan Heckaman of New Rockford held a news conference in the North Dakota Capitol Friday on the issue.

Hawken is upset that money was stripped from a House child care bill. It had $15.4 million, and most of the money was for grants to child care centers. The grants have been eliminated and the spending trimmed to $2.1 million.

Hawken says access to child care was the top priority brought up by people who attended a series of community meetings across the state last year.

Great Plains News