On February 9, 2010, many mothers and child care workers protested against the massive cuts in child care subsidies. According to Buffalo’s county executive and his administration, the child care subsidies became too expensive for taxpayers. The subsidies made it possible for many mothers to afford daycare, but now many mothers are left with no option. In December of 2009, standards for the subsidies were changed with no notification for the families receiving them, and 10-day notices were given to those losing their subsidies. Eventually the notices were changed to 30 days, but mothers at the rally protested that 30 days was still not enough time to find another form of daycare. Mothers also protested that the cuts were causing them to lose their jobs.
February 19, 2010