State Budget Makers Approve $194 Million for Childcare in Wisconsin

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Republican lawmakers and Gov. Tony Evers are, perhaps surprisingly, on the same page when it comes to spending more money on childcare in Wisconsin.

The state’s budget-writing panel, the Joint Finance Committee, on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to spend $194 million in federal funds to support childcare across the state.

“$194 million is a lot of money,” Rep Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, told lawmakers. “This is our job as a committee and members of the legislature to have a voice in how these programs are supported or created or expanded. Or in some cases not created and not expanded.”

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Applications Open for $1,000 Bonus to Child Care Workers

Applications are now open for a bipartisan $350 million grant program to support more than 8,000 child care professionals.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer celebrated the launch of the Child Care Stabilization Grant on Monday.

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