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.
The House Committee on General, Housing, and Military Affairs committee met Wednesday to discuss Gov. Phil Scott’s alternate plan for a state-employee-focused paid family leave program that allows other Vermonters to join in.
On the first day back in session, the Vermont House faces unfinished workplace bills including contractor licensing, the minimum wage and paid family leave.
The lesson here is if you don’t want to have a mandatory paid family leave program with its accompanying $30 million to $80 million payroll tax, then you should not support Scott’s proposed voluntary program either.
In the second episode of the TNR video series “Travels with Charlie – Vermont Politics in Real Life,” host Charlie Papillo visits Chef’s Corner Cafe and Bakery in Williston to discuss raising the minimum wage and paid family leave with Chef Jozef Harrewyn and Democratic state Rep. Dylan Giambatista.