Gov. Phil Scott has vetoed a plan for a statewide paid family leave program, dealing a major setback to Democrats who have made the policy a priority in recent years.

Scott’s veto was unsurprising; he had signaled for months that he would not support the Democratic program because it is funded by a $29 million mandatory payroll tax on workers or employers. 

In 2018, he vetoed a more robust paid family leave bill because it had the same funding mechanism. 

“For years, Vermonters have made it clear they don’t want, nor can they afford, new broad-based taxes,” the Republican governor said in his message to lawmakers explaining the veto

Read more at VTDigger.org (House fails to override Scott’s veto of paid family leave by one vote)

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