ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--A 'BLUEPRINT FOR CHILDCARE' IS THE NAME OF A PLAN REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS HAVE INTRODUCED IN THE ASSEMBLY ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY THROUGH TAX CREDITS, EXPANDING UNIVERSAL pre-kindergarten PROGRAMS AND INCREASING FLEXIBLE HOURS FOR DAY CARE MODELS.  

“Our proposal today will not only support our families but also would boost New York’s economy by facilitating increased workforce participation amongst our parents,” said Assembly Member Ed Ra (R-Assembly District 19).

KAYSIE HORWEDEL, A MOM OF THREE KIDS, SAid WHEN HER CHILDREN WERE IN FULL TIME DAYCARE IT COST HER $1,000 A WEEK AND SHE STILL STRUGGLES TO PAY HER CHILDCARE BILLS.  

SHE SAid FROM MONTH TO MONTH SHE FEELS PRESSURE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN PAYING FOR GROCERIES AND PAYING HER ELECTRIC BILL.  

REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ESTIMATE THEIR PROPOSALS WILL SAVE THE AVERAGE FAMILY MORE THAN $2300 PER YEAR.  

HORWEDEL SAid THIS WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR HER FAMILY.  

“It may not seem like a lot to a lot of people but to me that would feed my family for several months, I’m a very good budget shopper. It would also help me to be able to put money towards my childcare bill,” she said. 

ASSEMBLY MEMBER RA Said THIS IS A TOPIC FOR BIPARTISAN WORk and some democrats agreed. 

“Childcare is a win win for everybody, economically it's exactly what you need to have so our economy grows so we get more than half of the workforce to be able to work consistently,” said Assembly Member Andrew Hevesi (D-Assembly District 28).