Child Care Bills Highlight Differences Between Two Sides

Concord, NH – House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) and Special Committee on Childcare Chairman Ross Berry (R-Manchester) released the following statement after the House passed HB1584, relative to home day care licensing requirements and defeated HB1611, relative to establishing a child care workforce fund.

Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn)

“HB1584 and HB1611 are a perfect example of how differently Republicans and Democrats approach tackling our state’s problems. Rather than address the root causes of the issues in childcare, House Democrats’ solution in HB1611 is to create a massive government subsidy with no plan for funding and minimal guardrails.”

“This half-baked legislation ultimately puts the taxpayers on the hook for a staggering amount of money that will only exacerbate existing problems, rather than provide meaningful solutions. However, HB1611 would accomplish the Democrats’ goal of making the entire population dependent on government assistance.”

Special Committee on Childcare Chairman Ross Berry (R-Manchester)

“HB1584 offers the more prudent strategy of addressing the excessive government regulatory burden plaguing the childcare industry. This legislation makes a modest increase in the number of allowable children using at-home childcare providers. Rural towns see the worst effects of the lack of child care providers and this bill helps alleviate that problem.”

“The problems facing childcare are not going to be solved overnight. I thank my colleagues for passing this legislation and look forward to continuing our work on the Special Committee on Childcare.”