WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Bennie Thompson is asking the US Department of Health and Human Services to look into how the Mississippi Department of Human Service (MDHS) is spending millions of your federal tax dollars on a program intended to help low income working families pay for child care.
Congressman Thompson’s spokesperson, Cory Horton, tells me they requested the audit after being contacted by several licensed childcare providers. “They’re concrend about a number of requirements that are being placed on childcare providers, ranging from the way that money is caculated to the way that children are picked up and dropped off at day cares.”
Horton says providers tell them some of these new requirements are forcing them out of business. But, if says, if true, the consequences could be even greater. “If these items are not being adhered to properly, it would mean reduced funding for childcare in Mississippi,” he explains.
DHS so far has declined to comment, saying that so far they have not been contacted by the federal government regarding Thompson’s request.