The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

July 24, 2012

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ask Tombiin to reverse his child care decision

If you are a business and you need to hire someone, keep this in mind. Effective Aug. 1, the state will be putting a freeze on the eligibility of subsidies to new applicants for child care. This means that any working parent in need of assistance with child care will not be able to receive it until the freeze is lifted.

How long will this be in effect? We don’t know. So if you plan to hire someone who may need this assistance, please don’t wait. They may not get the help they need, and you may not get any employees.

Please ask our governor to reverse the decision on child care cuts. Call him at 304-558-2000 or 1-888-438-2731

Just think of the snowball effect.

We will put a burden on two working parents so much so that one may have to quit.

We will hurt a lot of centers, facilities and home providers.

We will watch a lot of our providers go out of business.

We will lose quality care that we have fought for so long.

We will see an increase in black market care.

We will see more children staying home alone.

Just think about it. Is this what we want for our children?

Please help our children and their families.

Mary Jones


Change to child care subsidy is a bad idea

How ironic is it that our state government does one thing to cut back spending and it will turn out to be one of the worst business decisions ever made in Charleston. I am referring to the decision by DHHR and state to make changes in child care subsidies, requiring the workers to pay higher daily portions for their child care. In some cases, the increase will be up to $6 plus per child, per day.

Say a worker has two or three children. That could be an increase of $12 to $18 per day in expenses. The result is she won’t be able to continue working and pay her own child care, so she will quit and stay home and keep her children, applying for welfare and food stamps.

Then there is the person who was keeping these children. They will lose their income and need assistance from the same programs helping the mother who has to stay home.

Now let’s look at businesses. Has anyone else noticed the help wanted signs in the Beckley area? Go-Mart and fast food places keep the help wanted sign up all the time. They can’t find people. Now what will happen when these mothers go home and are out of the job market?

Good going DHHR — you made a great move again to increase your payout.

Don McCallister


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