SUSAN — FIRST TONIGHT – GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER SAYS HE INTENDS TO REFORM STATE WELFARE PROGRAMS IN THE STATE THIS YEAR. ERIC — THAT INCLUDES EXPANDED DRUG TESTING AND WORK REQUIREMENTS. BUT ALSO CHANGES TO FAMILIES GETTING HELP FOR CHILDCARE. POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP HAS THE LATEST ON WHAT HE’S PROPOSING. JESSICA — THE GOVERNOR HAS TALKED SINCE LATE LAST YEAR ABOUT MORE DRUG TESTING AND WORK REQUIREMENTS… BUT TODAY ALSO ANNOUNCED PLANS TO END A CLIFF THAT SOME PARENTS FACE ON GETTING HELP PAYING FOR CHILDCARE. nats of daycare center 2 VO/MINI-DISCW1 55 A LULLABY SOOTHES AT REACH DANE’S CHILDCARE CENTER ON RED ARROW TRAIL. 2 SOTW2 44 14;54 yeah, yeah 3 VO/MINI-DISCW3 55 WHERE TUITION COVERED ALL OR IN PART BY WISCONSIN SHARES… THE STATE’S CHILDCARE SUBSIDY. 3 SOTW4 44 its extremely difficult for many of these families to afford childcare :11 4 VO/MINI-DISCW5 53 REACH-DANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JEN BAILEY SAYS THE PROBLEM IS MADE WORSE BY THE LIMIT TO THE SUBSIDY… AS SOON AS A PARENT MAKES MORE THAN 200 PERCENT OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL… THEIR ASSISTANCE IS CUT OFF. 4 SOTW6 46 i’ve heard many stories from parents of being in situations where they’ve just received a promotion at their job, they’re getting ten cents, 20 cents an hour more which just puts them over the income qualifications for the subsidy system :35 and we’ve seen parents actually turn back raises because they cant afford to pick up the full cost of childcare for their children :43 1 SOTW7 45 all of these with the idea being that we want to get people in the workforce :10 2 VO/MINI-DISCW8 55 THAT’S IN PART WHY THE GOVERNOR IS ANNOUNCING A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD CREATE AN OFF-RAMP FOR ASSISTANCE… 2 SOTW9 45 we will extend that so they will pay an additional dollar in copay for every 3 dollars they earn ;55 with the idea becing that will graduatlly ease them into a position where eventually they’ll be able to pay the entire amount off whatever amount they’re getting as an increase in their salary :07 3 VO/MINI-DISCW10 55 BAILEY SAYS THAT WOULD HELP THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN THEY SERVE… BUT ALSO SAYS HER CENTERS ARE AT CAPACITY… AND THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE MORE FAMILIES. 3 SOTW11 44 THE GOVERNOR SAID TODAY HE WAS LOOKING AT REIMBURSEMENT RATES FOR BOTH CHILDCARE AND LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES… BUT DIDN’T OFFER DETAILS BEYOND THAT… HIS OTHER WELFARE CHANGES WOULD INCLUDE EXPANDED WORK REQUIREMENTS AND DRUG TESTING FOR PARENTS… JESSICA — WHO COULD THEN LOSE FOODSHARE BENEFITS IF THEY DIDN’T MEET EITHER… MORALLY UNFAIR.