As Expected, NH Gov. Sununu Vetoes Paid Family Leave Bill

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Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has vetoed a paid family medical leave bill, repeating his claim that it amounts to an income tax.

The plan that passed the Senate in February and the House in March calls for up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth, adoption or fostering of a child, a serious illness not related to employment or the serious illness of a spouse or certain other relatives. It would require businesses to provide insurance or send 0.5% of employees' weekly wages to the state.

Sununu and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott have proposed their own plan. Sununu says his approach is the "New Hampshire way" because it's voluntary, affordable and free of an income tax.

Based on the previous votes, it's unlikely lawmakers could override the veto.

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