Brian Sandoval

Lawmakers advance daycare tax credit with steep startup cost

Nevada lawmakers advanced a bill Monday to give medium- and low-paying businesses a break on payroll taxes if they help employees pay for child care.

The proposal would offer Nevada-based companies a discount off their annual state taxes for half the amount of daycare aid they provide each worker, up to $5,000 per parent.

"It's another way to make sure people who want to work have an opportunity to work and we're not putting the squeeze on employers," said Sen. Pat Spearman, Democratic co-sponsor of the bill from North Las Vegas.

Businesses would qualify for the tax break if they assist workers who make 85 percent or less of Nevada's median household income,...