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      Nixon seeks to expand child care subsidies

      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon wants to expand subsidized child care to more than 2,800 children whose parents are gradually moving up the pay scale at work.

      Nixon's proposed budget includes a $6.3 million funding increase for what's described as "transitional child care." The money would allow low-income parents who get raises to continue receiving a reduced child care subsidy instead of losing the aid altogether.

      Missouri currently provides a full child care subsidy to families earning up to 122 percent of the poverty level. It also provides a transitional benefit for those earning up to 133 percent of poverty, or about $25,000 annually for a family of three.

      Nixon wants to extend a transitional child care subsidy up to 175 percent of poverty, or about $33,000 for a family of three.