Child Care Group Seeks More Subsidies for the Poor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some child care operators in Mississippi say declining subsidies for low-income families are driving them out of business. They called on the state Thursday to do more to reduce the backlog of those waiting for government aid to pay for care.

At one point in 2010, the state used federal stimulus money to clear its waiting list. But it has been unable to meet demand since the extra federal money dried up, and 13,000 are on waiting lists.

Carol Burnett, executive director of the Mississippi Low-Income Childcare Initiative, wants the state to create more subsidy slots using federal money it's now spending on child care quality-improvement efforts and other welfare programs.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services, which oversees the subsidy program, did not immediately return a request for comment.


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  • by We should be ashamed on Jul 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM
    Hiroshima 66 Years Later | Sad Hill News Click on link below to see what welfare has done to our country: sadhillnews.com/2012/01/12/hiroshima-66-years-later
  • by William Location: Meridian on Jul 17, 2012 at 06:49 AM
    Use birth control. Don't lay up and have children you can't afford.
  • by bobby on Jul 15, 2012 at 01:12 PM
    this is what is wrong with America.everybody assumes these people are lazy.my dad was crushed on the job at structural steel.we nearly starved,and my mom was working.and we needed food stamps.so to me you who say they are lazy are fools.and the recession started under bush,so get the facts straight
  • by BH on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
    Hey Gregory, if your stats are correct, thats what obamanation is all about. the sorry --- president you love so much is the reason there are no jobs. he wants everyone dependent on government. THE FOODSTAMP KING.
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      by Gregory on Jul 14, 2012 at 09:42 AM in reply to BH
      ... No. Wrong. Check out the numbers from the BLS. The unemployed-per-job-opening ratio peaked at 6.8 in July 2009 -- about four months after Obama took office -- and has slowly fallen since then. The recession *began* before Obama took office. Also, if (as you apparently believe) the president had a magic wand that could take away jobs... why would he take them away in an *election year*? Come on, use what little common sense you have left. You and everyone like you in these comments has the mentality of a six-year-old.
  • by Lee Location: Lauderdale on Jul 13, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    What needs to happen is that need to start giving drug test for every person that draws any government money. If you fail you lose it until you can pass. If you fail a second time you lose it for two years. On a third offense you lose it forever. People working for the government should not be held to a higher standard than those milking it. The only people exempt are the elderly and those truly disabled. They also need to limit the number of children you receive government money for to two. Each state needs to hire a person and base their salary off how many people they can catch on a drug test and how many people they can catch that are are on disability that can work. I'll take that job. On another note. The dhs people that are responsible for ensuring child support is paid to mothers should be paid a percentage of what they collect. Then they might get off their butts and do something. Then a lot of these kids that have dead beat parents wouldn't have to be funded by the government. That's laziness on dhs part. I guarantee if they were paid off what they collected they would work a lot harder. Also quit contracting government work out such as cutting grass and working on the roads. Put the deadbeat parent out there working and pay them minimum wage. That takes care of the government wasteful spending on contracts to different companies, it gets these children taken care of, and cuts the governments cost on taking care of their children. The problem now days is the government makes it to where there's no need for a middle class working man because people on welfare do better than the middle class . The bible says if you don't work you don't eat. It should be that way. Give them seeds and let them grow their food
  • by WHINERS on Jul 13, 2012 at 02:17 PM
    Because it IS your "president" - (communist/socialist ruler) who is working very hard at re-distributing wealth. I work and he distributes MY paycheck to lazy bloodsuckers such as this. I get very little of my own earnings to pay for EVERYTHING - I GET NO HELP. I pay ALL of my bills MYSELF. NOVEL IDEA: Get a job, pay taxes and earn your keep!! Pay for the things you want and need. Don't just stand there with your hand out waiting for us to pay your rent, daycare, utilities, air conditioners, healthcare, dental care, eyeglasses, $300 tennis shoes, BMWs, food, cell phone, baby after baby after baby after baby, hair weaves, tattoos...etc. The list is endless! GIMME, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME, GIMME!!!! You should be driving a hot pink car with a "W" for welfare painted on the doors. You should be forced to shop in an unairconditioned EBT warehouse which is the leftover expired produce, meat and other groceries from our grocery store. And no gum, candy, cokes, lobster, chips, cookies or fast food paid for with EBT or Welfare card. VOTE THE DICTATOR OUT!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM in reply to WHINERS
      You might want to check on the power of the President first. You might want to read the article before posting a comment next time. Many working people fit under the 'low-income' classification.
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      by Misplaced Anger on Jul 16, 2012 at 05:39 AM in reply to WHINERS
      I just recently read a post about salaries of politicians. All were well into the 6 figures. Who do you think is paying these salaries? Why not get mad at that? You're obviously upset at your tax money being spent on "lazy bloodsuckers", so what would you call these politicians who are living well on your tax dollars? With the salaries they are being paid, they shouldn't have to worry about child care expenses, but whose really paying for it? I'm also willing to bet that many politicians are getting free child care. They don't have to worry about child care, health care, nothing. They are set for life, and guess what? You're paying for it. Why not be dissatisfied with that?
  • by WHINERS on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
    WAHHHHHHH!!!!! When they stomp their feet and put their hands out (which is how they are taught as soon as they can walk) - the government caves and feels so sorry for the "underprivileged". Well, I EARN my privileges. I work for a living!! I have two children, and NO ONE helped me pay one penny of daycare. Ever. This is getting to be ridiculous. VOTE THE ______ "president" OUT OF OFFICE!
  • by Gregory Location: Collinsville on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:02 PM
    Hey, remember that article last week about the abortion clinic, where ignorant, hateful Mississippians complained about the "unborn child's right to live," among other stupid things? And remember how I predicted that those same idiots would complain that those unwanted children are "leeches on society" who want "hand-outs" in a future article? This is that article.
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      by Not Surprised on Jul 13, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to Gregory
      Remember that article last week, when gregory acted like a ______bag!!!!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:17 PM in reply to Gregory
      Gregory you know what most of us think of you. I think you are a want-to-be politician. That thinks obama is the 2nd coming.
  • by Kemp Wizard Location: Meridian on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    I've got a solution. Either get a job, or quit having children. It's COMPLETELY not the child's fault. It's the lazy parents that don't get a job and only want hand-outs!!!!
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      by Gregory on Jul 13, 2012 at 12:03 PM in reply to Kemp Wizard
      "Kemp Wizard": In May 2012 (the latest month for which stats have been posted by the BLS), there were 3.5 unemployed people per job opening. That means that even if you could match every unemployed person to a job, and fill ALL the jobs that are available nationwide, there would still be about 9 million jobless people seeking work. But please, don't mind me -- I wouldn't want to let the reality of the situation interrupt your ignorant, hateful delusions.
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        by Ryan on Jul 13, 2012 at 03:37 PM in reply to Gregory
        Dont worry about what these other people are saying. We both know you are not a complete idiot, some parts are missing. haha
  • by Not Surprised Location: Lauderdale County on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Just another result of living in an obamanation!!!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:02 AM in reply to Not Surprised
      What does this have to do with President Obama? Oh, what hatred for this man. He's a politician "not surprised", just like the hundreds of other politicians.
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