The Latest: Governor proposes 2 extra weeks of paid leave
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget announcement (all times local):
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed expanding paid family leave from six to eight weeks per person.
Newsom said Tuesday he’ll include the expansion as part of this week’s state budget proposal. He declined to say how much the expansion would cost but says the money will come from reserves in the existing fund that covers paid leave.
The Democratic governor eventually wants to expand paid leave to three months per person. That means a new child could get up to six months of time with a parent.
The expansion to eight weeks would take effect July 1, 2020.
It is part of a “parents’ agenda” Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, are pursuing.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to end the sales tax on tampons and diapers and use revenue from legal marijuana sales toward enhancing child care programs.
Those items are part of a “parents’ agenda” Newsom will announce Tuesday to preview the revised state budget he’ll present Thursday.
Cutting the diaper and tampon tax would eliminate about $55 million in revenue from the budget. California has tried to cut the taxes on tampons and diapers before, but the efforts were vetoed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.
Newsom wants to spend $130 million to boost child care programs, with about $80 million coming from marijuana taxes. He also wants to give families with children under age 6 a $1,000 tax credit.
Newsom and lawmakers must agree on a state budget proposal by June 30.