Childcare subsidy data from the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) suggests that the numbers from the House Speaker’s office that I posted were too low. The difference is that the legislative source included only childcare subsidies paid through the Department of Human Services (DHS), but the total should also include subsidies paid through the Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
Including both departments, the baseline number for the upcoming fiscal year (FY16) is actually $63.2 million, making the $2.15 increase in the rates paid to private providers an overall 3.4% increase. The FY15 total was $54.5 million, making the total increase from one year to the next $10.85 million, or 19.9%, raise included.
No agents of the state government will share details of the contract negotiated with the SEIU, but if the range of possible dues is 1.5% to 2.0%, then the total that the state will pay to the labor union in the upcoming fiscal year will be between $980,250 and $1.32 million.