There will be a renewed push to provide tax breaks for working parents in Missouri during next year’s legislative session. The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry is making it one of their top priorities for 2024. Wendy Doyle, CEO of United Women’s Empowerment, or WE, says lack of affordable childcare is hurting Missouri’s economy:
In a survey released by the Missouri Chamber two years ago, 28 percent of those who responded said they or someone in their household left a job or turned down a job offer due to problems with childcare. A bill that would’ve provided tax credits designed to provide more access to childcare facilities in Missouri failed to pass earlier this year.