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Scott, Sununu Unite to Create Paid Leave Program

Scott said the plan will not lead to higher taxes.

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Madelaine Pisani
Jan. 17, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) on “Wednesday unveiled a proposal for a two-state paid family leave program that would leverage the Vermont and New Hampshire state employee pools to bring down the cost of participation for those in the private sector. Under the plan, Vermont and New Hampshire’s 18,500 state employees would receive the paid family leave benefit, administered through a private insurance carrier and funded by the state. Private employers with more than 20 employees and 100 percent employee participation in the program would receive the same rate as the state.”

Scott: “By wrapping this program around our combined state employees, we will be able to deliver a competitively priced option that will be available for all businesses and their employees. And we’ll be able to do it without putting another mandate on businesses, or adding to the tax burden of our citizens.”

“Scott and Sununu’s announcement of a two-state paid family leave plan comes after both moderate Republican governors opposed paid family leave programs proposed by Democrats in their states last year.” (VT Digger)

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