SACRAMENTO – The California Senate voted today to pass Senate Bill 670 in a bipartisan support of 40-0. SB 670 is known as the Employer Child Care Program Credit which would allow working families access to quality child care. All 14 Senate Republicans unanimously voted to support SB 670.
Senate Republicans say they support SB 670 (Jackson-D) because it would be an investment in California working families, promote employer participation, and allow employers the flexibility to provide their employees with child care or other compensation incentives. Senate Republicans say they understand the tough decisions California working families go through to choose whether or not the cost of child care outweighs the costs of returning to the workforce. While current child and dependent care tax credits have taken some of the stress off of family budgets, Senate Republicans say the tax credit has not kept up with the rising costs of child care.
SB 670 would allow a credit in the amount of 30 percent of the costs of startup expenses for child care programs, constructing a child care facility, providing child care information and referral services, and contributing to a qualified care plan beginning on and after January 1, 2016, and before January 1, 2021. The bill would also require the Franchise Tax Board to report to the Legislature on the effectiveness of these credits. If it passes in both houses of the California Legislature, the bill would take effect immediately.
Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) serves on the Human Services Committee. As a working mother, Senator Nguyen says SB 670 allows professionals to work and take care of their children at the same time.
“I appreciate SB 670 which addresses access to child care and removes some of the barriers that families are facing. I also appreciate that this bill provides incentives for employers to start child care programs. It also raises the percentage of dependent care credit that parents can receive,” said Senator Nguyen.
As a business owner, Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) says SB 670 provides a solution for working parents.
“Finding and affording childcare is stressful, affects parents’ ability to stay on the job, and can make it difficult for them to advance in their careers. This bill would relieve some of those cost pressures and make it easier for working families to keep working while building a better future and ensuring their kids are in a safe and nurturing environment,” said Senator Gaines.
All this week, the California Senate is meeting to hear and vote on bills that will need to leave the Senate and be sent to the California Assembly due to the house of origin deadline on June 5.
Video clips of Senator Nguyen and Senator Gaines: