Newsom vetoes Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act
Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed legislation that would have capped how much low-income families would have to pay for child care.
The Affordable Child Care Family Fees Act would have prohibited family fees from exceeding 1% of the family’s monthly income and prevented a family with a monthly income below 75% of the state median from being assessed any family fee. Sponsored by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes, D-Colton, the legislation would have waived family fees for all families through 2023.
While agreeing with the spirit of the bill, the governor cited budget concerns in his veto message.
“While the intent of this bill is consistent with our previous budget actions, it creates costs in the tens of millions of dollars not currently accounted for in the state’s fiscal plan. With our state facing lower-than-expected revenues over the first few months of this fiscal year, it is important to remain disciplined when it comes to spending, particularly spending that is ongoing.”