VERMONT DEMOCRATIC PARTY RELEASES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT’S VOLUNTARY PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE INSURANCE PROGRAM
Montpelier, VT – Yesterday, Governor Phil Scott launched a voluntary paid family and medical leave insurance program that falls short of its goal to help working families where they need it most. It is unsurprising that this program fails to meet basic needs, as Governor Scott has proven time and again that his priorities lie in stopping Democrats from advancing their agenda rather than creating meaningful change for Vermonters.
Said Speaker Jill Krowinski, “We have long discussed the need for employees and businesses to have access to paid family and medical leave. The pandemic further highlighted the need for this resource as families struggled to balance their careers and taking care of themselves and their loved ones. I look forward to reviewing the details of the Governor’s program, but at first glance, it does not meet the needs of Vermonters in this moment.”
Said VDP Executive Director Jim Dandeeau, “Phil Scott has had six years to take meaningful action and the only time he’s taken even a doomed half measure is when Democrats have the ability to ignore him. He needs to come to the table and work with Democrats to find a viable solution for working parents and stop playing politics with Vermont families.”
The Vermont Democratic Party urges Governor Scott to meet with State House and Senate Democrats, who have been promoting paid family and leave for years, to ensure that this plan will realistically meet the needs of working families in Vermont.