Westchester’s Republican legislators have offered a proposal to end the standoff over the family share of costs in the county’s subsidized child-care programs, but there don’t appear to be any takers, according to a story that will appear in The Journal News tomorrow.
County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, wants to increase the parents’ share of child care from 20 percent of income above the poverty line to 35 percent, but Democrats oppose that and have sued. A decision is expected this month. Meanwhile, increases have been delayed.
Republicans proposed Democrats and Astorino’s administration settle the lawsuit and compromise on the share of income.
Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Democrat, said he is waiting for a court decision. Lawmakers already compromised by increasing the share above last year’s rate, he said.
The Astorino administration said it is open to a compromise, but the hole in the budget would have to be filled somehow.