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Statement on the Council’s Passage of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser released the following statement regarding the Council’s passage of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill:

“Today, Chairman Mendelson and the Council passed a $250 million tax increase to mostly benefit residents of Maryland and Virginia. It is wrong to raise District taxes to fund a costly, new government program that sends 66 percent of the benefits outside of the city, and leaves District families behind. If the Council wants to raise $250 million in new taxes, shouldn’t the focus be on District residents and their needs?

Councilwoman Cheh was correct when she described this legislation as ill-considered, a situation we are likely to regret, and not the best way to go. I predict the Council will need to revisit this legislation and address the detrimental impacts on District residents and small businesses.

I will not add my name to this legislation.”