Raise child-care costs to encourage work?

To encourage poor people to work more, the Kansas Department for Children and Families wants to increase their cost of child care. Huh? DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, who chairs Gov. Sam Brownback’s task force on reducing childhood poverty, argues that increasing the co-pays would encourage parents – mostly single mothers – to work longer hours and pursue workplace promotions, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. “Encouraging full-time employment will reduce poverty,” Gilmore said. But Barry Feaker, executive director of the Topeka Rescue Mission, noted that it doesn’t do much good to encourage the poor to get good jobs when those jobs aren’t available.