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Paid Family Leave for Utah Employees Will Get Closer Look in Interim

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2016
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Paid Family Leave Bill Sent For Further Study

Salt Lake City - House Bill 188 - Paid Family Leave was sent to interim for further study. The move will allow questions about how the state can continue to pay salaries for employees taking family leave to be answered. The sponsor, Representative Angela Romero, plans to work on the bill in interim and bring it back for the 2017 legislative session.

She said, “This is a step in the right direction. If we really are putting families first in Utah, the state as an employer should be working hard to provide proven methods of support and employee retention. There are many unique and creative ways to pay for family leave. We can parse those out and decide as a state which is best for Utah, and Utah families. I look forward to continuing my work on this.”

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Removal of Hygiene Tax Fails in Committee

Media Statement
 
For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2016
 
Contact:          Elizabeth Converse, Communications Director
                        Utah House Democratic Caucus
                        801-835-7087 | econverse@le.utah.gov
 
Democrat Proposes Removal of Sales Tax on Hygiene Products Fails In Committee

Salt Lake City - House Democratic Representative Sue Duckworth presented H.B. 202 - Hygiene Tax Act before the Utah House Revenue and Taxation Committee Today. The bill would remove sales tax from necessary items like diapers, incontinence items, and feminine hygiene products. Representative Duckworth spoke about the impact that these taxes can have for the purchasing power of families or individuals on a fixed income.

She said “These are not luxuries, these are necessities. Men, women and children all use these products at some point in their lives. $50 a year may not mean much to some of the legislators hearing the bill, but it means groceries for a young family - or the difference of paying bills on time to someone on a fixed income. If you have ever been a parent or cared for one, you know how quickly these expenses can add up. I am simply trying to give people who are doing everything they can for their loved ones a little bit more power for their dollar.”

The bill failed on a vote of three to eight in House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

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