2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 8, 2018 - Introduced by Senators Darling, Johnson, L. Taylor and
Larson, cosponsored by Representatives Born,
Rodriguez, Allen, Ballweg,
Novak, Rohrkaste, Spiros, VanderMeer, Crowley, Summerfield, Krug,
Berceau, C. Taylor and Subeck. Referred to Joint Committee on Finance.
1An Act to amend
49.155 (6) (e) 3. d., 49.155 (6) (e) 3. e. and 49.175 (1) (p) of the 2
statutes; relating to: child care reimbursement rates in Wisconsin Shares and
3making an appropriation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill increases the funding available for child care subsidies under
Wisconsin Shares across the state and increases the bonus offered for child care
subsidies for children enrolled in facilities that receive a four-star or five-star rating
under the Department of Children and Families' child care quality rating program.
Under current law, DCF is directed to allocate in each fiscal year specific
amounts of money, including federal moneys received under the Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program, for various public
assistance programs, including for child care subsidies under the Wisconsin Shares
program. This bill directs an additional $8,000,000 of TANF funding in fiscal year
2018-19 to be used to increase child care subsidies under the Wisconsin Shares
program across the state. Under the bill, the increase begins on January 1, 2019.
Under current law, DCF can increase the amount of a Wisconsin Shares child
care reimbursement rate for five-star rated facilities under DCF's child care quality
rating program by up to 25 percent, and for four-star rated facilities by up to 10
percent. This bill increases these bonuses so that DCF can increase the
reimbursement rate for five-star rated facilities by up to 30 percent and four-star
rated facilities by up to 15 percent beginning on January 1, 2019.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
49.155 (6) (e) 3. d. of the statutes is amended to read:
(e) 3. d. For a child care provider who receives a 4-star rating, the 3
department may increase the maximum payment rate by up to 10 15
49.155 (6) (e) 3. e. of the statutes is amended to read:
(e) 3. e. For a child care provider who receives a 5-star rating, the 6
department may increase the maximum payment rate for such a child care provider 7
by up to 25 30
49.175 (1) (p) of the statutes is amended to read:
(p) Direct child care services.
For direct child care services under s. 10
49.155, $289,215,200 in fiscal year 2017-18 and $310,369,200 $318,369,200
in fiscal 11
(1) From the appropriation under section 20.437 (2) (md) of the statutes, the 14
department of children and families shall expend $7,250,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 15
to increase the child care payment rates for child care services provided under section 16
49.155 of the statutes. The department shall distribute the additional funds under 17
this subsection as a uniform percentage increase for child care rates in every county.
(1) Child care payment rates.
In the schedule under section 20.005 (3) of the 20
statutes for the appropriation to the department of children and families under 21
section 20.437 (2) (md) of the statutes, the dollar amount for fiscal year 2017-18 is
increased by $8,000,000 for the purpose of increasing the child care payment rates 2
for child care services provided under section 49.155 of the statutes.
This act takes effect on January 1, 2019.