Vote to overcome paid-leave veto fails

MONTPELIER — Democrats in the Vermont House fell one vote short in their attempt to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a paid family leave program on Wednesday. In a major loss for the majority party, which has made passing a mandatory paid family leave program a priority in recent years, the House voted 99-51 in favor of overriding the veto — one away from the 100 needed to pass the bill into law. Earlier last week, Progressive lawmakers who previously opposed the measure because it didn’t offer strong eno … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Scott’s paid-leave plan unfair to rural Vermont

We have all heard by now that Gov. Scott vetoed the Paid Family Leave plan that would have covered virtually all Vermonters with a modest .2% payroll tax. He said it was not “affordable” to cover all Vermonters, implying it would be “affordable” if it was … (read more)

Letter to the editor: All employees deserve paid leave

Editor’s note: This letter was written by three Democratic members of the Vermont House of Representatives. We are women business owners who serve in the legislature and we believe more Vermonters should have access to paid family leave in their time of n … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Vermont’s paid leave bill is good for workers

Rep. Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) wrote an excellent commentary, “Paid-leave bill good for Vermont” (June 27, 2019), on the savage injustice of some having the benefit of paid leave while others do not. As Rep. Scheu reported in her piece, “Many workers — e … (read more)