N.H. Dems Respond to Sununu Veto of Paid Family Leave Bill

May 10, 2019

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democrats are criticizing Governor Chris Sununu's veto of a paid family and medical leave bill.

The bill would have offered up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave at up to 60 % of a worker’s salary. The state would've paid for this with a mandatory .5 % payroll tax.

Sununu called it an income tax and vetoed it on Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Dan Feltes, a Democrat from Concord, says that was a missed opportunity for the state.

“Governor Sununu is holding New Hampshire back from making progress on critical issues including paid family and medical leave insurance," said Feltes, "which is critical to our care-taking crisis for seniors, critical to combating the opioid epidemic, and critical to attracting and retaining young working families.”

It's unlikely Democrats will be able to overturn the veto.