Bill would send $38.7 million in federal funds down the crapper.
A budget bill
making its way through Jefferson City could have a devastating impact on child care in Missouri.
Legislators in the Missouri House are looking to balance a projected $500-million budget gap for fiscal 2011. In so doing they've proposed trimming more than $7 million in child care for impoverished families in the state.
Problem is, the state's money is tied to federal stimulus grants. By cutting $7 million in state funds, Missouri will be forced to turn away turn away $38.7 million in stimulus cash for child care.
"The stimulus funds were appropriated on the condition that the state does not cut its own funding," says Carrie Shapton, director of advocacy for the Kansas City-based Partnership for Children
. "With the state cuts and the loss of federal dollars, child care services for the poor could now lose more than $40 million in funding."