According to the Associated Press, outgoing Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer signed an executive order granting paid parental leave to more than 17,000 government employees.
As specified in the order, all state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be eligible for paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. Primary caregivers will receive 100 percent of their regular salary for six weeks, and secondary caregivers will receive three weeks fully paid.
“I want state employees to have the same type of benefits that you see in private businesses across our state and nation; and I encourage all other statewide elected officials and agencies to adopt comparable policies for their employees,” Colyer said.
The AP reports that the Kansas City-based Women’s Foundation “quickly congratulated Colyer on the move.” Said Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of the Women’s Foundation, “This is great news for state employees, and all Kansans who will benefit from a healthier, stronger and more productive state workforce.”
Not to be too Grinch-like this Christmas season, but we feel obliged to point out that congratulations are in order when an individual donates his own money to a cause. In a state as cash-strapped as Kansas, a vote by the legislature would have been a far more responsible–and Republican–way to make this gesture than an executive order.