Statement in Response to Governor Scott’s Call for Opt-In Paid Family & Medical Leave
“A strong, universal paid family and medical leave insurance program is a key part of building a Vermont that works for all of us.
“Governor Phil Scott’s proposed opt-in program is not a viable approach. Without a universal insurance pool, the program will become cost-prohibitive for Vermonters and small businesses. Thankfully, the Vermont House and Senate are committed to moving forward a strong bill this year that guarantees every Vermonter will have access to paid family and medical leave.
“Our broad coalition representing Vermonters of all ages, small businesses, labor, public health professionals, and many others, is committed to working with the legislature to pass a strong bill that provides all Vermonters up to 12 weeks of paid leave to welcome a new child, recover from illness or injury, or care for a family member.
“A strong, universal paid family and medical leave insurance program will help ensure that our families and communities are healthy. Providing Vermonters with the ability to take time to care for themselves and their loved ones will support people when they need it most and build a foundation for future generations to thrive.
“A strong, universal paid family and medical leave insurance program is part of building a stronger small business economy and a healthy workforce. This program will help attract more young professionals to the state, encourage young people and families to stay in Vermont, and level the playing field for small businesses.
“We are looking forward to working with the Vermont Legislature this year to pass a strong bill that provides access to paid family and medical leave for every Vermonter.
American Association of Retired Persons - Vermont (AARP-VT)
American Federation of Teachers - Vermont (AFT)
Community of Vermont Elders (COVE)
Justice for All
Main Street Alliance of Vermont (MSA-VT)
Parent Child Center Network
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE)
Public Assets Institute
Rights & Democracy (RAD)
Voices for Vermont’s Children
Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance (VECAA)
Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA)
Vermont Legal Aid
Vermont National Association of Educators (VT-NEA)
Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA)