Dayton proposes state worker parental leave, lawmakers want more
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to give six weeks parental leave to Minnesota state employees, while some Democratic lawmakers want to require private businesses also to offer paid leave and for more than just when a new child arrives.
The Democratic governor Tuesday said he would include the plan in changes he soon will propose for the two-year state budget enacted last year. It would cost $6 million for a year and the Legislature would need to approve the spending
More than 35,000 employees would be eligible for the new benefit, with 500 a year likely to take advantage of it.