Concord, N.H. - Today, the Republican-controlled New Hampshire Senate Finance Committee voted to send HB 628, a bill to establish an opt-out paid family leave program of up to 6 weeks for employees, to interim study, effectively killing the legislation. During his campaign, Governor Sununu said he supported paid family leave, but just days ago, he said he would veto the current version of the legislation. NHDP Chair Ray Buckley issued the following statement: "Governor Sununu lied about making paid family leave a priority. Instead, he is just trying to play to the far right partisan extremists by lying about a bipartisan bill being an income tax. The truth is, this bill is an opt-out insurance program that pays for itself, even with a low participation rate. It has become typical of Sununu to profess support for a bill only to do absolutely no work to get to 'yes.' Rather than fight for his priorities, Sununu always takes the easy way out. This time, he's telling Granite Staters that they have to choose between buying food and paying the rent or taking care of a loved one."
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