District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser says a plan by the D.C. Council to offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave may be too broad for her to support.
Bowser, a Democrat, says she supports guaranteed paid leave for new parents. But the council’s plan would also guarantee paid leave for a medical condition or caring for a sick relative. She says the bill as currently written would provide leave for “almost an unlimited number of occurrences.”
The mayor said Tuesday it’s up to the council to show that the leave program would pay for itself through a payroll tax.
California, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the only states mandate paid family and medical leave. District lawmakers initially proposed guaranteeing 16 weeks of leave, but that’s been reduced.