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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Winnebago County Exec Mark Harris: Cut in child support program hurts children

From the OshNW:


Winnebago County Exec Mark Harris: Cut in child support program hurts children

I read with great disappointment of the state joint finance committee's 12 to 4 vote in support of a $4.25 million cut in funding for county child support enforcement. Nationally about one fourth of all children are raised in one parent households. It is in the public interest that the non-custodial parent help to support their children. Some of these parents only will pay with child support orders and county enforcement efforts. Counties collect six to ten dollars of otherwise uncollected child support for every dollar spent on enforcement. The cut in state funding for the program also reduces the amount of federal funds available for child support enforcement. Winnebago County stands to loose over $370,000 or about 30 percent of its child support enforcement budget because of this decision. The impact on the children in these families is potentially devastating. The legislature should not allow this cut to stand.

Mark L. Harris

Winnebago County Executive