The state will begin deducting the new tax to support family and medical leave benefits from non-union employees this month.
The governor rejected a GOP suggestion that he delay collecting the 0.5% payroll deduction for Paid Family and Medical Leave.
Labor progressives celebrated Tuesday with Gov. Ned Lamont over the ceremonial signing of a paid family and medical leave act.
After striking a deal with Gov. Ned Lamont, the House voted 79-69 for final passage of a bill creating a paid family and medical leave program.
Gov. Ned Lamont went to a Hartford nursing home Tuesday to sign a copy of legislation raising the minimum wage. The event was choreographed but the governor went off-script.
Senate Democrats voted to pass a paid family and medical leave bill, leaving the governor’s veto threat for another day.
The threat to veto a family leave bill lays bare an inherent tension in Gov. Ned Lamont’s politics: He is a labor ally from the world of business, where government is suspect.
Republican lawmakers say this still might not be enough to win their support for the bill, however.
The governor defended the legislation, along with his push for electronic tolls and the need for more investment in transportation.
State Rep. Anne Hughes took unpaid leave when she donated a kidney to her godson in 2015. Tuesday, Hughes and others called not only for paid family medical leave, but for an expanded definition of “family.”
Lawmakers heard hours of testimony from supporters and opponents of paid family and medical leave Thursday.
Gov. Ned Lamont is frustrating liberals on taxes, but he underscored Wednesday he is with them on the minimum wage and paid family and medical leave.
House and Senate Democrats topped their legislative agenda Monday with pledges to adopt paid family medical leave and a $15-per-hour state minimum wage.
Female candidates helped boost Democratic clout in the General Assembly during the midterm election and now they’d like to see the issues they campaigned on — issues like paid family and medical leave — at the top of the agenda in the next legislative session.