SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) released the following statement after Sacramento Democrats passed Assembly Bill 378 today on a partisan vote. AB 378 is sponsored by Sacramento unions. The legislation is a power grab for unions to obtain the private information of childcare providers with the ultimate goal of unionizing them, which would make childcare even more expensive and difficult to find.
The average family in Sacramento is almost paying as much in childcare fees as they spend on rent every month:
- The average median income in Sacramento County is $63,000 per year.
- The average cost of full-time care for an infant at a Sacramento County licensed childcare center is $1,187 per month.
- The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Sacramento is $1,475 per month.
“Working families must already cope with the daily realities of expensive childcare. AB 378 will only make it harder for families by increasing the cost of childcare and it will violate the privacy rights of childcare providers by giving powerful unions access to personal information such as their home addresses and cell phone numbers. California families deserve better,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.