CONCORD- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch released the following statement after Governor Sununu vetoed HB712-FN, relative to a family and medical leave insurance program. This bill would create a mandatory family and medical leave insurance program funded by a 0.5% tax on wages. 

“Well, it’s Groundhog Day…again. For the second year in a row, Democrats in the State House have given their full support to a family medical leave plan funded by an income tax. Fortunately, Governor Sununu has once again vetoed this ill-advised attempt at an income tax, and House Republicans stand united in his defense of the New Hampshire Advantage. Republican actions last year made it clear that we will not support this plan, and Democrats sending a nearly identical bill to the Governor’s desk shows they were not serious about getting something passed.”, Hinch said. 

“If Democrats are determined to pass an income tax, which they have repeatedly demonstrated, House Republicans are united in our vehement opposition and more than happy to stand in their way.”