By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
Just 1% of families receiving child care assistance in Kentucky also receive welfare. Nearly all are working at low wage jobs. The important note is they are working.
They need the child care assistance to work and if they don't get it, they may be forced to quit their jobs and go on welfare. So the cuts the Commonwealth plans to make due to funding problems may end up costing more in the long run.
Starting April 1, the Commonwealth won't accept new applications from low income families seeking assistance and starting July 1, families will have to live below the poverty line to receive assistance.
Not everyone has family who can consistently help with child care needs. Children will suffer because of these cuts. Already, one in four Kentucky children live in poverty, and that negatively impacts everyone.
These are tough times and the calls that have to be made due to revenue challenges are not pleasant and need to happen. This particular one needs to be reconsidered.
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