How many of us would turn down a pay raise? I am sure most of us would say: Are you crazy?
Believe it or not, for thousands of low income parents in our bi-state area getting even 25 cents more an hour is a terrifying proposition because it means they will lose thousands of dollars a month in day care subsidies for their children. Producer Rich Miller headed over to our areas largest low income day care center, Operation Breakthrough, to talk with three mothers about this extraordinary issue of The Low Wage Trap where to better yourself would actually make you worse off.
In this past session of the Missouri legislature, Republican Senator Rob Schaaf introduced a bill called, “The Low Wage Trap Elimination Act” which would have prevented low income Missourians from losing their child care subsidies overnight should they begin making a little more money. It passed the legislature, but the funding required to implement the program has been withheld by the governor.