The Assembly and Senate are preparing their budget bills and it is now clear that both are very close to an agreement on paid family leave, to the delight of the coalition promoting the program. In recent weeks, the Senate had not made its intentions definite on whether it would even include paid family leave in its budget bill though Senate Republicans were expressing interest. Now, their budget language has been released and it looks very similar to what the Governor and Assembly proposed.
This means all sides now want to pass paid family leave. There are some areas of difference in the timing and wage replacement coverage of the bills but it certainly seems that these are not major issues and they will be resolved as the budget is done.
I will be updating this information when I get more details in the next two days when we get a full analysis of the Assembly and Senate bills.