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.
House lawmakers on Friday voted to adjourn the 2019 legislative session and to reconvene in 2020 as they ended the year by failing to pass the top agenda items of the majority party: paid family leave and a $15 minimum wage.
The Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs spent Thursday morning going over the two paid leave programs competing for approval in Vermont, and expressing a preference for the one that requires new taxes.
The Senate Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee on Thursday heard from three more witnesses regarding paid family leave, and two of them urged lawmakers not to make the program mandatory.
Paid leave advocates are faced with two options that would harm Vermonters in different ways. But there is a third option: reject paid family leave.
House lawmakers last week passed the universal paid family leave bill by a 92-52 vote, shunning amendments that would have eased the impact on taxpayers and allowed Vermonters who can’t afford the program to opt out.
Several RFIs have been returned by major national insurance companies, and so far the estimates for cost and service are within range of what was originally anticipated.
The responding companies were Standard Insurance Co., Hartford Financial Services, Total Administrative Services Corp., ReedGroup, Anthem, MetLife and Sun Life Financial.
The planned program contrasts sharply with Sununu’s proposed Twin States Voluntary Leave Plan, which seeks to create a pool of state workers in New Hampshire and Vermont large enough to appeal to private insurers.