By SISYPHUS, Guardian reader
In an effort to compel women stay home with their babies the House Health
and Welfare committee killed a bill to set minimum standards for day cares
in the state. House Bill 163 as amended would have set minimal health and
safety standards, training requirements, staffing levels and required
criminal history checks for day-cares caring for six or more children.
Proponents point out that 60% of all women with kids under 6 use day care.
Yet legislators voting no maintained that passing such standards would just
encourage women to abandon their children to these bad places, which are
apparently bad because there are no minimum standards.
No mention of this in the local daily. Women typically are paid lower wages
than men but these legislators apparently want to encourage businesses to
hire men to fill jobs currently held by women presumably at wages that would
enable them to take care of the mom and kids at home. Odd that these
legislators would encourage inflation but were apparently too blinded by
their visions of June Cleaver. No mention either on how this may affect the
nursing shortage in Idaho. They were also silent on the dilemma this causes
for single parents. I guess they go on welfare while at home with the
children. Seems odd that the Republican dominated committee would encourage
people to go on welfare.
The nay voters even had one mom on their side Janice McGeachin of Idaho
Falls. No reports of her kids with her in the hearing room. But one vocal
opponent should come as no surprise, Steve Thayn of Emmett. For his fairly
extreme political philosophy go to his website and read up on such
interesting topics like coercive altruism here: http://www.reclaimidaho.com/
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