(May 2) – The House gave voice-vote approval today to a bill that helps low-income Coloradans keep their jobs and stay off welfare.

HB17-1002, sponsored by Reps. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, and Tony Exum Sr., D-Colorado Springs, extends the state’s tax credit for child care expenses. Coloradans with annual incomes under $25,000 can claim a credit for 25 percent of eligible child care expenses per year, up to a maximum of $500 for a single dependent or $1,000 for two or more dependents.

“We have one of the most expensive states when it comes to childcare,” Rep. Pettersen said. “This bill could make the difference between staying in the workforce or not.”

“Low-wage workers have difficulty affording the childcare needed to take a job and stay in the workforce,” Rep. Exum said. “This credit is a hand up to help more than 34,000 low-income Coloradans provide for their families.”

After a recorded vote, HB17-1002 will go to the Senate.

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