WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser is not ready to back the D.C. Council’s plan to provide paid family leave to people who work in the nation’s capital.
The council will vote Tuesday on whether to impose a tax on businesses to fund 11 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child and eight weeks of leave to care for a sick relative. The benefits would be the most generous in the nation.
The Democratic mayor said Tuesday she’s concerned that two-thirds of the people who’d use the benefits live outside the District.
The payroll tax is expected to bring in about $250 million a year. Bowser says she can’t take a position on a new tax when she hasn’t been given a bill to read.