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Day care centers fighting proposed cuts

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Kennewick, WA-  Child care providers say Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is throwing the baby out with the bath water.

 Day care centers across the state invited cameras inside today to put pressure on lawmakers to save a program that helps parents pay for day care.

 One of those parents is Natalie Manning of Kennewick, who says without state assistance she would have to quit her job and go on welfare.

"I would rather go to work and contribute to the community, paying taxes and everything, than sitting at home collecting a welfare check."

The labor union representing child care providers says the Working Connections program helps about 36-thousand families.

The governor's proposed budget is seeking to cut the program's funding by half.