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.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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