Senate passes ‘Paid Family and Medical Leave’ bill, governor threatens veto

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Connecticut is now a big step closer to having a paid family leave program.

That bill passed the Senate on Wednesday evening and now goes to the House.

Democrats control both Houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. They all want paid family leave, but the big question is, what will Governor Lamont do?

It all comes down to how the program is administered.

Democrats agree on the basics.

If you get sick or your spouse, domestic partner, child, grandchild or grandparent gets sick, you would be able to take 12 weeks off of work.

Related: ‘Paid Family and Medical Leave’ bill passes State Senate

You would get paid up to $900 a week during that time, depending on how much how usually make, and to pay for it, everyone would pay one half of one percent of their paycheck into a fund.

The bill passed by the Senate on Wednesday evening, which is expected to pass the House as well, has state government administering this.

Governor Lamont wants family leave, campaigned on it, but remember he comes from the private sector, and he thinks Family Leave should be privatized.

“There’s a lot of skepticism about government running programs.” Governor Lamont said. “I hear that wherever I go and I’m going to do everything I can to make this bold new item something that people have confidence we’re getting it right.”

Republicans also want family leave to be privatized, run by insurance companies, but they also want it to be voluntary, so you could opt to pay into the fund. They say if everybody gets three months off when a relative gets sick, what do small businesses do when their only employee can just take off for three months?

Republicans don’t have much say in this right now because of their numbers in the legislature. We do expect this to pass the house.

Top democrats in the legislature say details can be worked out in a later amendment, after the busy budget season is over.

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