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Sen. Harms supports bill aimed to help families with cost of child care

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Despite a visit by the governor today, state lawmakers still had a busy day in front of them in the Nebraska legislature.
This morning, senators gave first round approval to a bill to improve child care options to Nebraska families.

Bill introducer Tanya Cook says it is important to provide affordable, licensed child care to working families.

Her legislation would create a graduated income disregard for families entering the state's child care subsidy program.

Scottsbluff Senator John Harms supports this bill, saying that obtaining affordable childcare is a barrier for many families.
"When you have both parents trying to work, it's almost impossible even with 2 parents working," says Harms. "You will find with the cost and the increase of expenses that's occurring to the family, you will find it's most difficult for them to survive with this. And the current system simply sets families up for failure."
Senator Harms says that some families have to spend up to one-third of their annual income on childcare expenses alone.

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