The Granite State Paid Family and Medical Leave Plan, a key part of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s agenda, will provide qualifying workers with 60% of their average weekly wage for up to six weeks per year. Sununu has billed the new voluntary paid leave law as “the first of its kind” in the nation.
“A statewide, private-market, truly voluntary paid leave plan does not exist in any other state, and New Hampshire is leading the way,” Sununu said in a statement.
“While the program was sold as a voluntary private insurance program, it is 100% taxpayer funded for the 11,000 state employees covered by it,” Rep. Andrew Prout, R-Hudson said. “This cost is not guaranteed to stay within the rosy forecasts predicted by its proponents and the taxpayers will be on the hook.”
The future of many Vermont small businesses is at risk due to a perfect storm of economic, regulatory and pandemic-related threats. Small business leaders are recommending several steps to support jobs and economic recovery.
Do we really need yet another big government program sucking hard-earned cash out of our paychecks? Like a fish needs a bicycle!
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement with state legislative leaders to establish a paid leave program for workers quarantined during the coronavirus crisis — legislation that would also include a permanent paid leave plan for the state.
“I find the obvious efforts to flip member’s votes beforehand unseemly and disrespectful. I find the apparent efforts to find someone who voted no who would be willing to ask for a reconsideration afterward similarly deplorable.”
One vote. That’s what separated Vermonters from a $30 million new payroll tax this week. One single, vote. Every single Republican stood together with the governor to protect Vermonters and provide a united front that stood up to an out-of-control supermajority.
Democrat and Progressive lawmakers on Wednesday fell one vote short of overriding Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a mandatory paid family leave plan that would have cost $29 million and been funded through a payroll tax on workers.
“Our approach is voluntary for employers and employees. It can be accomplished more efficiently, affordably and quickly, without a $29 million payroll tax that Vermont workers simply should not be burdened with, and without putting the risk of underfunding on taxpayers.”
The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve a paid family leave program for the entire state, but the legislation didn’t get quite enough votes to overcome a potential governor’s veto.
Vermont Legislative Republicans have been unified against this bill because we believe it makes our state less affordable — not more — and that the structure of this particular bill is fatally flawed.