State Rep. Greg Markkanen, of Hancock, today issued the following statement after the Whitmer-Gilchrist administration highlighted 2021 accomplishments on early learning and child care. Markkanen has spearheaded needed reforms to Michigan’s child-care system during the current legislative term:
“Part of solving our child-care challenges in Michigan is making sure all corners of the state have reliable access to it. Many parents in the U.P. do not.
“When families do not have reliable access, they have to make real decisions. Does one parent have to quit their job to care for their kids, or use up time off on days they can’t find services? Those decisions impact people across the state, including in the U.P. They aren’t just reserved for areas with larger population centers.
“I have offered legislation addressing our child-care issues because I believe it is also a workforce development and economic issue. The measure is part of a wider plan increasing the number of children that an in-home care provider can receive if it qualifies, which expands available spots for families. The plan also develops ways for providers to operate in multi-use buildings to expand access to where people live and work, while enhancing reporting and safety concepts.
“Getting these measures signed into law will constitute a real accomplishment – and allow Michigan’s child-care system to more effectively serve our families in the U.P. and across the state.”
State Rep. Greg Markkanen on Tuesday joined colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly advance measures that improve the child welfare system, promote adoption and shore up areas where the adoption and foster care system is falling short.
State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently voted to advance a budget proposal paving the way for needed tax relief for people throughout the U.P. while committing resources to schools, roads, workforce development and other crucial services.
Rep. Markkanen says as the House version of the state’s 2023 Fiscal Year budget heads to the Michigan Senate, he is pleased to see a focus on paying down the state’s long term debt, as well as on tax relief.