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Amy Kliewer and others letter: Dinosaurs at work in the state Capitol

Just in from the dinosaur watch: Once again the working mothers of North Dakota were sent the "we don't care" message on Feb. 18, when House Bill 1289 failed by one vote, for lack of the 48 vote majority needed in the House of Representatives, ge...

Just in from the dinosaur watch:

Once again the working mothers of North Dakota were sent the "we don't care" message on Feb. 18, when House Bill 1289 failed by one vote, for lack of the 48 vote majority needed in the House of Representatives, getting 47 "yes" votes and 45 "no" votes.

This bi-partisan sponsored bill would have given businesses a tax credit if they subsidized their workers' daycare costs. It had the support of the Greater North Dakota Association, the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce, the Bismarck Chamber of Commerce, Cass County Economic Development Corporation, Microsoft Great Plains, Wahpeton Area Economic Development Authority, MeritCare, childcare advocates and parents. This bill was a step in the right direction to helping those who can't afford daycare at the low levels of salaries in our state. It benefits the young families we so desperately want to keep and draw to our state.

North Dakota has more working mothers per capita than any other state. It takes two incomes to raise our families today. Many mothers and fathers are working different shifts to avoid daycare costs and rarely see each other. When we do give these young families a break and back up our caring words with actions?

Some of the opposing testimony on this bill said that this allows no money for the "working in the home mothers." Come on. Don't we as friendly mid-westerners care about our neighbors? What "fortunate, working in the home mother" would begrudge her neighbor a break?

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Where do these lawmakers get their dinosaur mentality (i.e., ideas straight out of the Jurassic)? Are they ever going to wake up and hear the voices of the voters in this state who are the future for North Dakota?

Amy Kliewer

Stacy Trana

Moorhead

Lorrie Thoemke

Marci Schuster

Robbi Johnson

Shannon Olson

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