Bill would create state child care credit

Bill would create state child care credit
State Capitol

A new bill under consideration at the Capitol could give parents a state tax credit for child care, which some lawmakers said would help with the skyrocketing costs of day care.

Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) is a co-author of the bill, which would allow parents to claim an income tax credit for dependent-care services, similar to the credit parents can claim on their federal taxes. The state credit, which would be equal to the federal credit, would allow parents to receive $3,000 for a single child, and $6,000 for two or more children.

“No parent should have to choose whether or not they can take a job and have some important meaning behind what they’re doing every day and having to weigh that against the cost of unattainable, unaffordable child care,” Sargent said.

Lawmakers pointed out that the average cost of infant child care in Wisconsin is more than $11,000.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said child care expenses are a concern that Assembly Republicans plan to address with their own proposal later this spring and they recognize the need for a long-term solution.

It’s not clear how much the proposal would cost.