Editorial: State can’t afford veto of paid leave
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‘Help Wanted” signs hang in hundreds of windows. Short employees, some businesses have reduced the hours they’re open. Others have closed. At 2.6%, New Hampshire’s unemployment rate is, save for South Dakota at 2.5%, the lowest in the land. Employers are desperate for workers. But with the race to fill vacant positions underway, the state is poised to shoot itself in the foot.
It will do that, and lose what’s become an intense regional competition for workers, if Gov. Chris Sununu vetoes Senate Bill 1, legislation that provides employees up to 12 weeks of paid family leave. The Legislature lacks the Republican support necessary to override Sununu’s veto.