Governor Proposes 2 Extra Weeks of Paid Leave

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed expanding paid family leave from six to eight weeks per person.

Newsom said Tuesday he’ll include the expansion as part of this week’s state budget proposal. He declined to say how much the expansion would cost but says the money will come from reserves in the existing fund that covers paid leave.

The Democratic governor eventually wants to expand paid leave to three months per person. That means a new child could get up to six months of time with a parent.

The expansion to eight weeks would take effect July 1, 2020.

It is part of a “parents’ agenda” Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, are pursuing.