A proposal that would have created a commission to study paid family leave in New York and make recommendations for how to expand access to it was vetoed by Gov. Kathy Hochul over concerns the review would cost too much.
And like those measures, Hochul's office pointed to the costs associated with creating the commission to review paid family leave in New York.
"Without appropriate funding, these unbudgeted costs would create significant staffing and other programmatic burdens on state agencies," Hochul wrote in the veto message issued on Friday. "Additionally, because of the ongoing work of state agencies, a number of the proposals would result in unnecessary duplication and bureaucracy."
Hochul has been a staunch supporter of New York's paid family leave law. Under its current form, New Yorkers are entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid time off to care for a loved one or bond with a new child at up to 67% of their pay.
Hochul previously signed a law that will enable family care to cover siblings, set to take effect on Jan. 1.
The governor, meanwhile, is being urged to wield her veto pen even further.
The Citizens Budget Commission pointed to 20 bills that would spend money outside of the budget process. All told, the group is pushing for more than $76 million in vetoed spending.
"Granting targeted benefit enhancements not only increases costs, but also may encourage further expansions that also increase the public’s costs," the group wrote.