Protest for more child care funding

Posted at 9:04 AM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 09:04:23-04

Police had to escort protesters out of the speaker's office at the state Capitol Tuesday afternoon.

The group Michigan United is pushing lawmakers to hurry up and allocate $7.5 million towards child care programs before the end of the month.

If they don't the state will miss out on a little more than $20 million in federal funding. One mom told us that's money families desperately need. 

"If we don't have child care, we can't go to work," said Kiava Stewart, a member of Michigan United. "Our economy stays low, we don't have money to put back into it yet. Help us, help ourselves."

Community groups say the $28 million in combined state and federal funding would be a huge boost for small, family-run child care businesses and a huge help to low-income working parents. 

We'll let you know if the legislature approves the money before the deadline.