Bill to create mandatory family leave program in Maine faces Senate, House
AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - A plan to create a mandatory paid family and medical leave program in Maine has passed out of a legislative committee.
Thursday’s 8-5 vote was on straight party-lines.
The bill was revised to address concerns raised during a public hearing last week.
Under the amended language, the bill would impose a payroll tax of between 0.7% to 1% of wages, split evenly between employer and employee.
Many businesses have warned a mandate could be costly.
Gov. Janet Mills has yet to offer her support for the proposal.
With few Republicans likely to support the bill, a veto by Mills could doom the plan.
The program would replace up to 90% of wages for a maximum of 12 weeks of leave for reasons that include caring for a new baby or a family member with a medical condition.
The Department of Labor estimates the start-up cost to be $12 million.
The bill now faces votes in the Senate and House.
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