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55 Chambers Join Forces on Childcare Appeal

55 Chambers of Commerce from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce, joined forces with the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association in an appeal to state officials regarding childcare this week.  In a letter dated May 30, the appeal, which was sent to Governor Josh Shapiro, department secretaries, and leaders in the House and Senate, was led by Chester County, Delaware County, and Westmoreland Chambers respectively,  asked legislators to take four key steps to make childcare more accessible and affordable for workers, to assist in growing the workforce, and to reduce the more than $2.88 billion in losses to employers and $3.47 billion in losses to the Commonwealth.  Legislative action advocated by the coalition includes:

  • Employee Childcare Public Private Partnership - Legislation to create a tax credit for employers who furnish employee childcare in the amount of the employer's cost in furnishing employee childcare. Legislation to incentivize employers to fund childcare for their employees by splitting the cost with the state, and providing tax credit incentives to employers who participate.
  • Childcare Tax Credit for Parents – Expanding the Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Program. Last year’s budget included funds for up to 30% of childcare-related expenses that filers claim on their federal return. This program is meant to support working families by lessening their tax liability. A total of $24.6 million went into the program for last FY and is now a permanent fixture of the state’s tax code. However, expanding the program will allow more middle-income parents to return to the workforce is. $21,614 annually, an impact to all families of any income bracket.
  • Retention and Recruitment – Proposals potentially being considered during the current state budget negotiation to offer rebates/incentives for nursing, teaching and policing jobs should be extended to the childcare community. Hiring incentives would be a great first step to address the ongoing issue of low wages ($12.43/hour statewide average) currently paid to childcare workers being a disincentive to join this critical field.
  • Regulatory Reform – The Chamber Community is advocating that any future regulatory proposals must ensure proper stakeholder input from childcare providers with special consideration to infant care. In addition, any changes do not lead to increased costs for providers.

See the full list of signers below:

Kelly Goodman-Shaffer, Bedford County Chamber of Commerce

Joe Hurd, Blair County Chamber of Commerce

Jordan Grady, Butler County Chamber of Commerce

Amy Bradley, Cambria Regional Chamber of Commerce

Nicole Deary, Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce

Tea Jay Aikey, Central PA Chamber of Commerce

Greg Scott, Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County

Laura Manion, Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry

Courtney Herzing, Clarion Area Chamber of Business and Industry

Chris Berleth, Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce

Jeff Emanuel, Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce

Steven L Christian, Cumberland Valley Business Alliance (CVBA)

Trish McFarland, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

Jonathan Wright, Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lori L. Moran, East Liberty Quarter Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Klinghoffer, Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Laurie Ryan, Exton Region Chamber of Commerce

Briana Tomack, Greater Latrobe - Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

Pamela Kelly, Greater Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Chellie Cameron, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Matt Smith, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Mikitish, Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce

Jim Gerlach, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Bob Durkin, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

Katie L. Walker, Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce

Lindsay Griffin-Boylan, Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce & Chamber of Business & Industry

Mary Ann Severance, Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce

Melody Longstreth, Greene County Chamber of Commerce

Beth Black, Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce

Ryan Unger, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

Yvonne Martin, Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce

Mark Hilliard, Indiana County Chamber of Commerce

Rhonda Kelley, Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce

Heather Valudes, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce

Karen Groh, Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce

Amy Beitel, Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce

Gina Grone, North Side/Shore Chamber of Commerce

Rosanne Barry Novotnak, Norwin Chamber of Commerce

Christine Grove, Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce

Steve McKnight, Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Brian Schill, Peters Township Chamber of Commerce

Jessica Capistrant Remington, Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce

Cheryl B. Kuhn, Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Bernard Dagenais, The Main Line Chamber of Commerce

Robert S. Carl, Jr, The Schuylkill Chamber of Chamber

Eileen Dautrich, TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce

Chris Ardinger, Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce

Leanne Engle, Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce

Susan Williams, Venango Area Chamber of Commerce

Dan DeBone, West Moreland County Chamber of Commerce

George Book Jr., West Shore Chamber of Commerce

Rachel Cathell, Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce

Gina Suydam, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Schreiber, York County Economic Alliance

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