South Carolina childcare vouchers

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March 14, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Governor Mark Sanford's staff says it is working to prevent the loss of child care vouchers provided by the Department of Social Services for moms in shelters and foster parents.

DSS cut a request for state money by $6 million. Nearly half of that came from a program that provides child care vouchers in for women on welfare programs and parents living below the poverty level.

Supporters of the vouchers say they allow women to leave children in a safe place while they look for housing and a job and try to earn enough money to leave shelters.

DSS cut the money request to conform with Sanford's philosophy to not fund new programs without a steady source of revenue.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman says senators will look closely at restoring the money when they take up the budget.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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