Hogan Pledges to Veto Paid Sick Leave Bill if It Reaches Him – U.S. News

BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Wednesday he would veto a bill requiring businesses with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave.

The Republican governor said either of two bills that are advancing in the Democrat-controlled legislature would be “dead on arrival.”

“If either of these job-killing bills reaches my desk, they are dead on arrival,” Hogan said at a news conference. “I will veto them immediately, because they will simply kill businesses and jobs.”

Hogan has his own proposal providing paid sick leave for businesses with 50 or more employees. His measure includes tax incentives for smaller businesses that offer paid sick leave, unlike the legislature’s versions. While it hasn’t moved forward, Hogan said it’s not too late to work out a measure he believes would be less of a burden on small businesses.

An analysis by the Maryland Center on Economic Policy estimated that the House bill would expand paid sick leave to about 512,000 people who currently don’t have it. The analysis estimated Hogan’s proposal would extend paid sick leave to 272,000 people.

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