CHIUSANO: ENFORCING CHILD CARE RULES SAVES MONEY AND KEEPS SLOTS OPEN FOR ELIGIBLE CHILDREN

Assemblyman Gary Chiusano / 973-300-0200
April 4, 2012       

Assembly Republican Budget Committee member Gary Chiusano today commended the Department of Human Services for implementing an electronic monitoring system to protect taxpayers and eligible families against fraud and abuse of the state’s subsidized child care program.

Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez testified that the system has already resulted in a drop-off of families that claim eligibility and will result in a 600 child reduction of the state’s waiting list of roughly 8,000.

“Enforcing the rules saves money for taxpayers and opens up slots for children whose families are eligible for this program,” Chiusano, R-Sussex, Morris and Warren, said. “The Department’s state-of-the-art system strengthens this program and keeps it accountable to taxpayers.”

New Jersey’s subsidized child care program serves about 70,000 children per year at a cost of $300 million. The Department of Human Services implemented the system before a Comptroller’s report was issued in January that echoed the need to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in the system.

“Spending more money does not solve problems,” Chiusano said. “Making sure our limited funds are spent efficiently and properly is a fundamental obligation of government and that principal is reflected in New Jersey’s e-Child Care system.”

 

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