‘An Ill-Advised Veto that Will Harm New Hampshire’s Moms, Families, Businesses and Economy’
“It is deeply disappointing that Gov. Sununu vetoed SB 1 yesterday. This bill would have provided a critical safety net for workers and their families, helped keep small businesses competitive, and strengthened our state’s economy. Workers need job-protected paid family and medical leave to care for a family member in the event of birth, adoption or fostering of a child; to recover from illness or injury; or to support a family member facing a serious health condition. This veto is ill-advised and will cause real and direct harm to New Hampshire’s moms and families, as well as the state’s businesses and its economy. Because of this veto, countless New Hampshire workers and families will continue to struggle without the paid leave they need.
“MomsRising has been working for paid family and medical leave for more than a decade. In these divisive times, it is significant that more than four in five Granite Staters support paid leave. We call on Gov. Sununu to propose and advance a plan that will provide access to paid leave for all workers in New Hampshire, not just those who work for the state.
“We will continue to work to advance paid leave in New Hampshire, but this veto also stands as a stark reminder of the urgent need for Congress to pass and President Trump to sign the FAMILY (Family and Medical Insurance Leave) Act into law, so that every worker in this country has access to the paid leave they need. Whether you can access paid leave should not depend on the state you live in or who your boss is. Our country needs a comprehensive national paid leave program that is inclusive of all working people, offers a meaningful duration of leave, is funded in a sustainable way and protects workers who take leave from retaliation or other harms. The FAMILY Act is that bill.”