SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) – Members of Maine’s child and senior care industries, along with some state lawmakers are joining forces, trying to create a state universal family care system.
They met Monday morning to launch the “Better Maine” campaign.
The proposed system would help families with children under the age of four get free child care, in home or center based. It would also provide funds for senior citizens and people with disabilities in need of home care services.
Lawmakers say they’ll introduce the plan to the full legislature soon.
Representative Drew Gattine, R-Westbrook said “At the end of the day we all pay the price because our Maine workers are less productive our kids less prepared and our loved ones lose independence and end up at expensive institutions.”
Representative Heather Sanborn D-Portland added “We are in a ridiculous situation now where the wages of somebody who works in the child care industry aren’t high enough to be able to support sending their own kids to day care and that needs to change.”
Advocates said efforts to, quote, “change the conversation” will attract more young families to the area. However, they have yet to say exactly how much the program could cost or how they’d pay for it.