Lohmer bill takes aim at Dayton orderAn area legislator has crafted legislation in response to Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for a vote that could unionize Minnesota’s state-subsidized child-care providers.
An area legislator has crafted legislation in response to Gov. Mark Dayton’s call for a vote that could unionize Minnesota’s state-subsidized child-care providers.
Rep. Kathy Lohmer, R-Lake Elmo, authored a bill that would ensure child-care assistance money is applied to the care of children – rather than going toward unions.
“It is unnerving to think tax dollars we provide to care for our children could be siphoned by unions,” Lohmer said in a news release. “My bill simply mimics federal law and keeps the money where it is supposed to be, supporting care for kids.”
Sen. Ted Lillie, R-Lake Elmo, has authored a companion bill in the Senate.
"Our bill simply protects money meant for our kids and keeps it out of union hands," he said in a separate news release.
Last week Dayton issued an executive order calling for a vote among child-care providers that could unionize the group. Immediately after Dayton’s announcement, a pair of Senate Republicans challenged the legality of a governor making such a decision and promised they would take him to court.
Lohmer’s bill creates what she says establishes a layer of protection to “maintain the integrity of Child Care Assistance Program.”