At a town hall in Grinnell, IA on May 4th, Senator Amy Klobuchar was asked by Caucus for Kids advocate Lana Shope about her plans to ensure that low-income families will be able to meet their basic needs and save for the future.
Klobuchar says she plans to make it easier for low-income and middle class families to meet their basic needs by increasing the federal minimum wage and by regulating markets to keep prices on our day-to-day needs affordable. Watch the video below to hear Klobuchar’s full answer on how to create economic stability for families.
At the same event, Jessica with Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), got Senator Klobuchar talking about how she would make early education accessible and affordable for all children.
Klobuchar believes that pre-school and Head Start programs are key to the development of young children because it exposes them to conversations and interaction that help prepare them for school. She addresses making these programs available to all children by providing financial help for low-income families to get their children enrolled in these programs. She brings up a bill that she has worked on alongside Senator Patty Murray that sets a 7% of income guideline for financial assistance – if child care becomes more than 7% of your total income, you should be eligible for financial assistance to make this cost more affordable.
To hear all of Senator Klobuchar’s answer on how to keep early education costs down, watch the video below.
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