More Nebraska families could qualify for care subsidy
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A bill that would allow more working families in Nebraska to qualify for child care subsidies is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. Lawmakers gave the measure second-round approval on Wednesday, after holding firm on a provision that would allow more children to receive the benefit. Some lawmakers questioned the size of the increase, which would cost the state an estimated $857,000 in the next fiscal year. Current law sets the income threshold at 120 percent of the federal poverty level, so a family of three making less than about $23,400 would qualify. The bill would raise that threshold to 130 percent, or $25,400. Supporters noted that the child care subsidy includes work requirements and copays, based on what a family can afford.