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With Paid Family and Medical Leave finances still troubled, payroll tax likely to increase

Who could have predicted this? A lot of us. The number of people tapping the taxpayer-provided Paid Family and Medical Leave fund is increasing every year.

The paid-leave program, abbreviated PFML, was launched in 2020. It imposes a tax on employers and workers, whether or not the workers paying in ever use the program. The money collected is used to allow some workers taxpayer-paid time off of work if they have a serious health condition, need to care for people or want to bond with a new child on taxpayers' dimes. (And if they can afford to take the program pay rather than their usual pay. P...


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