ROCHESTER, Minn. -Michael Haskin and his wife Amanda are raising 14-month-old Scarlett. Amanda chose to be a stay-at-home mother because of childcare expenses.
"We just kind of crunched the numbers and everything," Haskin said. "We would almost have to pick up a third job between the two of us just in order to justify her not staying home with the kid."
The average cost of infant care in Minnesota is more than $16,000 per year, according to the Economic Policy Institute, which is over $1,300 a month. The average cost of infant care in Iowa is around $10,000 a year.
Karen Fryer is a grandmother and says the price of raising kids has gone up dramatically since her days raising kids in the seventies and eighties.
"Back then, I think we paid maybe 50 dollars a week, which was very at that time in the seventies was expensive," Fryer said. "Nowadays, it's a lot more than that."
Haskin says childcare prices shocked him.
"It was enough to make me question maybe I should get into daycare, right?"
This father says affordable childcare should be a top priority for every Minnesota legislator.
"A big thing is it would lower a lot of stress," Haskin said. "There are plenty of things in day-to-day life that parents get stressed over about. Childcare shouldn't be one of them. You should be able to find affordable options, just like you can insurance, you know, just like you can health benefits."