Posted: Oct 30, 2013 6:37 PM by MTN News - Helena
Updated: Oct 31, 2013 7:29 AM
WASHINGTON, DC - Lewis & Clark County Leo Dutton, along with several other Montana law enforcement officers, sat down in Washington D. C. this week with Montana's Congressional delegation to talk about early childhood education programs.
They are asking U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Jon Tester (D-MT), as well as U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT), to support early childhood education programs.
The law enforcement officers believe that if Congress invests money into educating young children they are less likely to become offenders in the criminal system.
Sheriff Dutton says there is a direct link between poverty and crime, and as Congress debates tax reform, Dutton says it's important to make sure the child tax credit remains in place to help low-income families offset the cost of raising children.
"It is a bipartisan efforts to get legislation, now there is legislation that is being crafted now to do this, but it hasn't been introduced. So it's a good opportunity for Daines, Tester, and Baucus to be involved and craft it for Montana," Dutton noted.