Missouri is halfway to the finish line on a bill that aims to boost access to childcare. The state House of Representatives has passed today a childcare tax credit package for providers, donors to daycares, and businesses who help to cover the childcare costs of their employees.

Rep. Brenda Shields, R-St. Joseph, is proposing to have the state provide tax credits to providers, donors to daycares, and businesses who help to cover the childcare costs of their employees.

“Affordable, reliable, safe, quality childcare is an important infrastructure in our state, just as important as roads, rails, and the Missouri and Mississippi River,” said Shields. “I believe that if the state can fix the childcare crisis, we’ll be able to attract business to our state, because we will be able to say, ‘Bring your business to Missouri because we will have a reliable workforce for you because your workforce will be able to rely on the affordable, reliable, safe, quality child care that our state has.’”

Rep. Bridget Walsh Moore, D-St. Louis County, said the bill is good for working families and good for the economy.

“It addresses a desperate need within the state,” she said. “We want people working. We want people to come here and expand their businesses and this is one of the main things that needs to get done.”

The bill heads to the Senate, where that chamber will decide whether to approve it.

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