State Sen. Pam Helming and Angi Renna teamed with other Republican candidates and state senators to release their women in business agenda this week.
The seven-point plan calls for the passage of the COVID-19 Family Relief Act, a bill that would assist families with childcare expenses. The GOP’s proposals include reimbursing child care providers that safely reopen, expand to meet rising demand and help them cover the costs of health and safety improvements.
Other provisions include a permanent 50% increase of the state dependent care tax credit, the creation of a college scholarship for women aiming to work in fields where they are underrepresented and streamlining the certification process for the minority- and women-owned business program in New York.
The candidates and state senators also want the release of federal COVID-19 relief funds to help small businesses purchase personal protective equipment and to hold small businesses harmless on their experience ratings for layoffs due to the pandemic.
The development of the women in business agenda was led by Helming, R-Canandaigua, who is the new chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. She took over as the group’s leader after state Sen. Rob Ortt, a western New York Republican, became the Senate minority leader.
Other women senators, including state Sens. Daphne Jordan, Patty Ritchie and Sue Serino, are involved in supporting the agenda. Three state Senate candidates — Victoria Johnson, Renna and Alexis Weik — also worked on the plan.