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    Subdivision 1. Fee schedule. In setting the sliding fee schedule, the commissioner shall
exclude from the amount of income used to determine eligibility an amount for federal and state
income and Social Security taxes attributable to that income level according to federal and state
standardized tax tables. The commissioner shall base the parent fee on the ability of the family to
pay for child care. The fee schedule must be designed to use any available tax credits.
    Subd. 2. Parent fee. A family must be assessed a parent fee for each service period. A
family's parent fee must be a fixed percentage of its annual gross income. Parent fees must apply
to families eligible for child care assistance under sections 119B.03 and 119B.05. Income must be
as defined in section 119B.011, subdivision 15. The fixed percent is based on the relationship of
the family's annual gross income to 100 percent of the annual federal poverty guidelines. Parent
fees must begin at 75 percent of the poverty level. The minimum parent fees for families between
75 percent and 100 percent of poverty level must be $10 per month. Parent fees must provide for
graduated movement to full payment. Payment of part or all of a family's parent fee directly to the
family's child care provider on behalf of the family by a source other than the family shall not
affect the family's eligibility for child care assistance, and the amount paid shall be excluded from
the family's income. Child care providers who accept third-party payments must maintain family
specific documentation of payment source, amount, and time period covered by the payment.
History: 1Sp1985 c 14 art 9 s 72; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 229; 1997 c 162 art 4 s 37; 1999 c 205
art 1 s 33; art 5 s 21; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 9 s 20; 2004 c 288 art 4 s 15; 2006 c 191 s 1