President's 2018 Budget to Include Paid Family Leave
  [Friday, May 19, 2017 6:05:00 AM]
Time Magazine
President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal will require states to provide paid family leave programs, a senior budget official said Thursday.

The official said the budget – set to be released Tuesday – will include a plan to provide six weeks of paid leave to new mothers, fathers and adoptive parents. A The proposal expands on a campaign pledge to provide paid maternity leave, which Trump adopted at the urging of his daughter Ivanka.

Under the plan, states would be required to provide leave payments through existing unemployment insurance programs and would have to identify cuts or tax hikes, as needed, to cover the costs. The administration said this approach would give states flexibility and stressed that the administration would provide support to state governments to help them determine how to fund the program. States could opt out if they created a different paid leave system.

Another senior official says the president’s budget will propose balancing the federal budget over 10 years with substantial cuts to safety-net programs such as food stamps and other anti-poverty efforts, combined with a tax and regulatory overhaul that speeds up the nation’s economic growth rate.

The president’s budget, due for release Tuesday, will spare the two largest drivers of future spending – Medicare and Social Security – leaving trillions in cuts from other programs. That includes discretionary spending cuts to education, housing, environment programs and foreign aid already laid out by the administration, in addition to new proposed reductions to nondiscretionary spending like food stamps, Medicaid and federal employee-benefit programs.

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