Last year’s Paid Family Leave proposal, Senate Bill 19-188, was eventually reduced to a study committee that created a task force that has been meeting to craft a new proposal to be introduced in 2020. Unfortunately, it seems that taxpayers may be getting more of the same when it’s brought back.
A newly-released study is showing that the proposal could cost upwards of $2.1 billion, and could take 1% out of every Colorado workers’ paychecks.
The good news is that the proposal seems to be losing support before anybody has seen it, simply based upon the direction of the task force. The task force also rejected Governor Polis’ proposals for the legislation, not shedding much hope on the proposal as a whole.
Sources from within the Capitol have informed us that the coalition of organizations that originally brought the Paid Family Leave proposal before the legislature seems to be splitting at the seams. Supposed disagreements surround what compromises should be made with Colorado’s business community, with 9to5 Colorado firmly planting its feet while others want to work with the business community to ensure a bill can get across the finish line.
What may be the most interesting to pay attention to is not necessarily what happens with this family leave proposal, but instead what other legislators bring forward as alternatives. Especially in an election year, many are wary of angering their local chambers of commerce, and we may see willingness from legislators in swing districts to want a “win” on the issue without jeopardizing their electoral chances.
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