It's like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg.
That's how Ryan Taylor describes this week's announcement that the state is providing
125-thousand dollars to each of five western North Dakota cities for help with child care.
Taylor, the Democrat hoping to unseat Republican incumbent governor Jack Dalrymple, says the state must do much more to ensure quality day care options for parents.
He says a child care advocacy group has found that there is a 28-million dollar investment needed in Williston alone, to meet half of the child care demand in that town.
Taylor says the governor's announcement of funding this week is simply not enough.
(Ryan Taylor, (D) Candidate for Governor) "The current governor's attempt to address the child care crisis falls into a long line of policies that are too little too late. $125,000 at a $28 million problem, it's not a matter of wanting to do a little bit more to help a little bit...the needs are greater."
Taylor's plan would allocate 30-point-6 million dollars in the 2013-to-2015 budget for grants for child care facilities.
It would also spend up to 15-million dollars to develop the workforce needed to provide daycare.
Taylor's plan also calls on communities to find land to donate for child care centers, private businesses to pitch in, and Bank of North Dakota low-, or no-interest loans for the projects.