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Rep. Huot Votes ‘Yes' to Expand Affordable Access to Child Care

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

St. Paul, MN – Monday evening, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a significant bill to stabilize childcare costs and early learning in the state. Representative John Huot (DFL-Rosemount) voted in favor of the legislation.

“Every family deserves access to affordable child care, but right now some families in Dakota County are paying as much as 40% of their income,” said Rep. Huot. “That's not right. I was proud to cast my vote on legislation to reduce the cost of child care and early learning so that parents can work, employers can hire, and communities can thrive.”

HF 13 would increase the maximum rates for all childcare assistance (CCAP)-eligible children to the 75th percentile of the most recent survey of provider rates. A recent review of state rates shows that Minnesota is currently near the bottom. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, in 2022, 2,588 children and 1,371 families were enrolled in the CCAP Program in Dakota County.

Video of the floor debate can be viewed on the House Public Information’s YouTube Channel.