AARP Maryland officials cheered the April 9, 2022 action by the Maryland House of Delegates and Senate to stand in support of family caregivers by voting to override Governor Hogan’s veto of SB 275, paid family leave legislation.
“Today marks a sea change in how we support families in Maryland. Fully 83% of respondents to our 2021 Vital Voices survey said that caring for loved ones was either a very important or extremely important concern. On behalf of our 850,000 members and the 50-plus community across the state, I commend our House and Senate leaders for heeding their voices, expressed in community forums, letters, petitions and personal testimony, and passing this measure to ensure the financial security of Maryland’s 771k family caregivers,” said AARP Maryland State Director Hank Greenberg.
“By the year 2030 there will be more Marylanders over the age of 65 than under age 18. As they age, their family members may need to take time from work to care for them. No worker should have to choose between taking his mother to the doctor or tending to a sick child and losing a paycheck. We want to thank Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones, who made the issue a priority; Sen. Delores Kelley, chair of the Senate Finance Committee; Del. C.T. Wilson, chair of the House Economic Matters Committee; and the lead sponsors, Sen. Antonio Hayes, Sen. Joanne Benson, Del. Kris Valderrama and Del. Ariana Kelly, for taking this historic stand for Maryland families,” said Tammy Bresnahan, AARP Maryland Associate State Director for Advocacy.
Learn more about how paid family leave will lift Maryland families at: https://tinyurl.com/MDLeave2022
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