Walorski Op-Ed: Biden's Bill Contains A Hidden Toddler Tax

Op-Ed

Date: Dec. 13, 2021
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Taxes

Washington Examiner
Biden's bill contains a hidden "Toddler Tax'
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)
December 13, 2021

Parents are facing unprecedented challenges to their right to make decisions in their children's lives -- and it could get much worse.

The Democrats' tax and spend agenda includes a "Toddler Tax" that would further usurp power from parents and hand over more control to the federal government through its $400 billion "Birth to Five" and pre-K plans.

The Democrats' House-passed spending bill promises that taxpayer dollars will provide access to "top tier" child care. In reality, this reckless spending comes with many strings attached. New regulations for child care providers will result in higher costs, fewer providers, and less access to affordable care for working families. The plan also attacks basic freedoms by prohibiting parents from choosing faith-based providers over government-approved options.

In the halls of Congress and around the country, people of all political persuasions can agree that affordable child care is vital to the nation's economic recovery and future success.

However, the current vision of unlimited government spending and provider discrimination won't yield the child care utopia that Democrats are promising.

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How much is the "Toddler Tax?" The left-leaning People's Policy Project estimates that wage requirements associated with the new child care entitlement could raise child care costs by $13,000 a year for unsubsidized middle-class families. Wages are just one component of a litany of new federal child care regulations that would increase costs and could push smaller, home-based providers out of the market altogether.

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Every week, parents tell me they're concerned about what's being taught in public schools these days. Now, Democrats want to take over our children's education at an even earlier age and end faith-based options where love and compassion are on the agenda.

If you think parents are paying attention now, just wait to see what happens when they find out their only option for day care is a Washington-approved provider.

In the midst of their Build Back Better pep rallies, I wonder how many Democrats have even looked at the rules in these new child care programs or considered whether this is the "solution" parents want.

If Democrats succeed in jamming through their radical agenda, these programs could expire in 2027 -- but the shock waves of skyrocketing costs, fewer child care choices, and lost opportunities for our children will remain far longer.


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