Keep Massachusetts’s Child Care System from Collapsing

Target: Charlie Baker, Governor, Massachusetts

Goal: Help fund Massachusetts’s struggling child care system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Millions of Massachusetts’s children and their working parents may soon be without a much-needed child care system to provide shelter, education, and support. Since struggling from COVID-19 shutdowns, a new report indicates that the Massachusetts’s child care system could collapse within five months if it does not receive the funds it needs to pay rent, utilities, and workers.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates that an additional $690 million will be needed to support the state’s child care system through the end of 2020. These funds would help make up for lost tuition during the shutdown, pay for new healthcare regulations, and support workers. If the state can’t help the care centers raise these funds, it will be left up to parents to make up the difference. Massachusetts parents already pay one of the highest child care tuition rates outside of Washington, DC.

Some government officials are demanding a so-called “millionaire’s tax” to help keep the care centers afloat and provide relief to working class families. Sign the petition to show your support for this tax increase for the one percent to help the 99 percent receive the education and support they need.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Baker,

Millions of children will be left without care and millions of parents will be left choosing between work and family if your state’s child care system does not receive the support it needs. It is estimated that child care centers will need up to $690 million to survive through the end of the year. If not, they will rely on struggling parents to make up the difference, or close altogether.

A millionaire’s tax on the one percent can help the state support these centers without raising taxes on working class families. I demand that you save your state’s child care system from collapse with a tax increase on corporations and millionaires.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Kristin Olsen




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