Darrell Steinberg
Democrats seek to expand child care subsidies for poorer Californians

Seeking to address California's high poverty rate, legislative leaders unveiled a plan Wednesday to expand access to state-subsidized child care.  The plan -- by Senate leader Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) -- comes at a moment when subsidized child care is being heralded by Democrats nationwide as a crucial anti-poverty tool. President Obama, in a package of tax proposals released last month, called for tax deductions for child care to nearly triple, up to $3,000 for each child younger than 5.  "Without addressing the issue of child care in this state -- from the lens of access, education, and quality -- we...