Employer child care tax credit up for discussion

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania families left in the difficult position of securing affordable child care may see some relief through employer contributions.

The House Finance Committee met this week to discuss a bill to create a tax incentive for participating employers.

“We have an industry that’s not sufficiently supported, but we also have families who can’t afford child care,” said Rep. Liz Hanbridge, D-Blue Bell, one of the bill’s co-sponsors. 

Hanbridge noted the irony as she spoke remotely from her home, where she was addressing her own child care needs.

For many women, work outside the home becomes untenable due to the cost and availability of child care, forcing them to postpone, pause or end careers. Hanbridge stated that in the United States, the percentage of women in the workforce hangs in the low 70s relative to much higher percentiles among European counterparts.

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