Business and Employee funded paid leave fails in narrow House vote

In what can only be described as a massive victory for taxpayers and the New Mexico economy, paid family leave has failed once again in the New Mexico Legislature. This time, the bill failed on the House floor after having comfortably passed the Senate.

If adopted business and employees would have faced higher taxes and there would have been massive challenges in replacing workers who take leave. RGF argued against the plan focusing particularly on the need to not burden businesses at a time of a massive $3.5 billion surplus that COULD be used to fund such a program.

All Republicans opposed the bill and numerous Democrats did as well. You can see from our Freedom Index vote tracking tool that there is a significant ideological rift between moderate Democrats in the House and “progressives.”