Gov. Scott Vows To Veto Bill Establishing Paid Family Leave

Feb 3, 2017

Vermont Governor Phil Scott has vowed to veto a bill recently proposed by legislators in the state House of Representatives that would establish a state-run paid family leave program.

Reps. Matt Trieber, Sam Young and Sarah Copeland-Hanzas plan to file a bill creating a pooled insurance program that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid family leave for residents.

The Times Argus reports the trio of Democratic lawmakers said the program would be administered by the Vermont Department of Labor and funded by a 0.93 percent payroll tax split evenly between employees and employers.

Scott, a Republican, says he doesn't think much of the proposal and will veto the bill because it will raise taxes and fees.

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