A program that would provide up to 12 weeks paid family leave for Minnesota workers, financed by employer taxes and employee payroll deductions, cleared a key committee today (Tues) as part of the state Senate’s tax bill. Republican Senator Carla Nelson of Rochester says paid leave is important, but the bill in its current form doesn’t serve Minnesotans well,
“I do believe it’s very premature what we have in front of us. The numbers just do not add up.”
Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk (bok) of Cook agrees the measure is not perfect, but says without it, metro regions with better benefit packages have a huge advantage attracting talent to their businesses,
“This is gonna happen on its own in Minneapolis, St. Paul. Probably gonna happen on its own in Rochester,…Duluth — and the rest of us will be left behind.”
The tax bill is set for a vote on the Senate floor tomorrow (WED).