A bill that would have provided a tax incentive for corporations to reimburse employee child care expenditures was soundly defeated in the North Dakota Legislature Thursday by a vote of 14 for, 76 against.

A bill that would have provided a tax incentive for corporations to reimburse employee child care expenditures was soundly defeated in the North Dakota Legislature Thursday by a vote of 14 for, 76 against.

Child care is a key issue for working parents across the state and in Ramsey County, but the state’s continuing budget crisis left the bill with little chance to pass.

The corporate tax credit would have directly correlated with the reimbursement of the total expenditures of employees toward child care costs.

The credit, however, would not have addressed the lack of child care around the state.

It was reported last year that in Ramsey County in 2015, 87 percent of children had more than one parent in the labor force.
The report also stated that demand for child care in the country surpassed supply by  nearly a 2-to-1 ratio.

Recent efforts by Bethel Church on 1312 Walnut St. E to establish a 30-count daycare were stymied when one of the potential directors of the daycare chose to open a home-based child care service.

Bethel Church continues its search for a director. Forward Devils Lake executive director Rachel Lindstrom said in an interview late last year that it would be “just a matter of time” before the church’s efforts paid off.

She pointed out that the search for a director at Lake Region State College’s daycare took about 18 months.