South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg proposes paid parental leave for city workers

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — South Bend’s mayor wants  his city to begin offering paid parental leave to city workers after they have a baby or adopt a child.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Thursday that paid parental leave is “the right thing to do” and is “pro-family” by supporting parents.

He says that if South Bend’s Common Council approves the paid leave option that’s part of his proposed city budget it should motivate local businesses to do the same.

The mayor noted both now-President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supported paid parental leave during the 2016 presidential election. He says the U.S. is the only wealthy, industrialized nation that doesn’t mandate paid parental leave.

The South Bend Tribune reports Buttigieg’s proposed $300 million city budget would earmark $156,000 for paid parental leave.

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  1. How nice! Our mayor spending our money to give government employees 6 weeks paid vacations. He says it’s “the right thing to do” and is “pro-family” by supporting parents. When will you do the right thing and support us tax payers? We have families and need support and don’t forget…It’s our money your giving away. When will this absolute corruption be stopped? There are tax payers trying to figure out how to pay their bills while Mayor Buttidick just squanders our taxes on privileges no private sector employee will ever have. This is an absolutely ridiculous expenditure of tax payer funds! If this were on the ballot for vote does anyone think it would pass? Absolutely not. Mayor Buttidick needs to ask himself that question every time he does something this stupid. Oh wait…I forgot, he knows he won’t be back for another term so he really doesn’t care about the tax paying citizens of South Bend.

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