For Immediate Release
February 28, 2016

Another Democrat Led Assault on Vermont Businesses
Republicans Unanimously Oppose Punitive Business Legislation – Paid Sick Leave Bill

Montpelier, Vt. – To the detriment of Vermont business owners, the House of Representatives passed the Paid Sick Leave Bill (Bill H.187) with a vote of 81-64 in its favor on Wednesday February 17, 2016. House Republicans firmly voiced their opposition by unanimously voting against the bill.

The new law fails to consider the diverse landscape of the private sector workforce in Vermont. Consequently, it will impose punitive consequences on especially vulnerable parties such as new and small businesses and non-traditional employees. By abdicating the responsibility to address the many unanswered questions raised by the Paid Sick Leave Bill, Democrats privileged ideological agenda over the lived realities of thousands of enterprising and diligent Vermonters.

Further, House Minority leader Don Turner (R-Milton) emphasized the bill’s enormous fiscal strain as he expressed his opposition to it. He explained, “The joint fiscal office estimates the cost of this law to Vermont private employers to be $2.8 – $6.3 million in 2018 and between $4.8 – $11 million annually thereafter. The Democrats have passed several pieces of legislation this biennium that place an additional burden on Vermont employers. However, they have not supported steps to improve the business climate, which would allow businesses to prosper and Vermont’s economy to grow.”