Democrats, with majorities in both the Minnesota House and Senate, propose a child care tax credit of three thousand dollars for each child age five or younger, up to 75-hundred dollars per family.  House Majority Leader Jamie Long says Minnesota’s pre-K child care is the most expensive in the country:

“I know as a parent of young kids, (it’s) the same to put a kid into child care as it is to put a kid into the University of Minnesota for full-time tuition in the state of Minnesota — and we’re asking families to do that when they have a lot less earning in their careers at that point.”

Republican leaders of the Minnesota House and Senate respond that amount of tax relief is nowhere near large enough — that Minnesota’s massive budget surplus should be returned to the people.