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Rep. Rogers Helps Secure Family Child Care Law

Rogers said the law empowers Norwood’s family day care providers.

Editor's Note: The following is from a press release from Representative Rogers office

State Rep. John H. Rogers attended a bill signing ceremony last week with Governor Deval Patrick who signed into law a measure which Rogers says will empower small businesses providing day care and help ease the financial burdens of working families.

“This law empowers Norwood’s six family day care providers that are affected by this new measure and any increased state funding they receive can be passed on to their Norwood clients as child care fee reductions, driving down the cost of child care for our families,” Rogers said in a statement.

The new law affects only home-based child care providers who receive contract reimbursements from the state for income-eligible families who need day care.  According to Rogers, the law does not force any provider to either join a union or pay fees.

Rogers said that many small businesses that provide a service to the state are inadequately reimbursed for the service they provide, especially family child care providers who play an invaluable role in the government’s mission to enable young families to leave for work each day, knowing that their children are in good hands.

“The freedom of association is as time-honored as the state’s Constitution itself, giving power to ordinary citizens who share similar beliefs and struggles to band together to speak with one voice against their government when they think they are being treated poorly by their government,” said Rogers.

The law gives child care providers the ability to negotiate as one group or to choose to form a union to collectively bargain adequate rates from the state.  The legislation does not affect day care centers or private day care homes that do no business with the state.

Mr. Ragman September 17, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The press release for Walpole is different and essentially the Norwood release is a regurgitation of the bile recited there: “This law empowers Walpole’s two family day care providers that are affected by this new measure and each of these small business owners has advised me that they support it,” Rogers said. “More importantly, they have told me that any increased state funding they receive will be passed on to their Walpole clients as child care fee reductions,” said Rogers. Here he says, “This law empowers Norwood’s six family day care providers that are affected by this new measure and any increased state funding they receive can be passed on to their Norwood clients as child care fee reductions, driving down the cost of child care for our families,” Rogers said in a statement. Can be, or will be passed on to Norwood/Walpole Clients? Words are important, why this difference for Norwood's 6 family daycare providers and Walpole's two? Are some of the six going to funnel the savings to say maybe a mortgage on the cape? How about in matched political contributions to said sponsor? Who knows. What is known is that if ANY of these providers take ANY public money in the form of vouchers or the like they HAVE to join the SEIU, without a vote, without a voice, their reimbursement will be reduced by the union dues. Nice Job Johnny - staying true to your patronage past.

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