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'Paid Family Leave' Program Needs Viable Funding Source

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WASHINGTON--State lawmakers are trying to find a funding source for the 'Paid Family Leave' program.

This program gives parents $250.00 of paid time off for five weeks to be with their newborn baby. 

Last month, a task force felt, for the first few years, the state's general fund should pay for the program.

With the state budget already looming at a one billion dollar deficit, one local senator thinks the 'Paid Family Leave' program should be left alone.

"It's just another government subsidized entitlement program and I'm real leery of having new programs like that because in the end, they just become more and more of a burden on the operating budget of the state and so, where do you draw the line," asks state Senator Jerome Delvin, (R) 8th District.

Recommendations on alternative funding sources will be heard on January 14, 2008 in Olympia.