Estimated Cost of Family Leave Plan Proposed by Democrats Seems Laughably Low

Rep. Karla Rose Hanson, D-Fargo, speaks about gun violence Friday, June 7, at Gooseberry Mound Park in Moorhead. Meagan Deanne / The Forum

MINOT, N.D. — A mandate for paid family leave has been something of a hobby horse for North Dakota Democrats.

And, as is typical in the arena of partisan politics, they haven’t been afraid to deploy cheap and insulting talking points in pursuit of it.

So it isn’t the least bit surprising that Democrats would trot out a new iteration of their proposed mandate tailored to take maximum political advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rep. Karla Rose Hanson of Fargo, and Sen. Erin Oban of Bismarck, released details of what they’re calling the North Dakota Emergency Paid Leave Fund.

The concept mirrors Hanson’s 2019 legislation, which would have created a leave fund for businesses with more than 50 employees funded by a business tax. This iteration is designed to target people affected by the COVID-19 virus.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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