Letter: Families, businesses hurt by paid leave veto

Published: 5/17/2019 12:01:32 AM
Modified: 5/17/2019 12:01:21 AM

Sadly, Gov. Chris Sununu lightheartedly vetoed the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

After promising to support paid family and medical leave while campaigning for governor, he proposed an inadequate plan and then his position turned into “my way or the highway.” He is really not interested in paid family/medical leave. He has said it provides people with a “vacation.” I guess he has not taken care of an old relative, a person suffering from dementia, a disabled child or a parent who has developed a serious illness.

The act he vetoed provided for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, a serious illness not related to employment, or the serious illness of a spouse or certain other relatives. Businesses would provide insurance or send 0.5% of employees’ weekly wages to the state. Other examples of a payroll tax are Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance. These are all a form of insurance, not an income tax.

Gov. Sununu proudly announced on FOX in New York (where he gave three interviews) that he “can’t wait to get home and veto it – with pride.”

Working families and small businesses will suffer. Those who need to be cared for will suffer. We don’t have enough caregivers for the silver tsunami and, with the governor’s veto, we have lost an opportunity to increase the number of caregivers available.

Shame on you, Governor.



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