As we advised you last week in this space, the President included paid parental leave in his 2018 budget blueprint, recommending a process that is mandatory but not uniform, in that the final details will be left to the individual states. Trump’s budget mandates six weeks of paid parental leave (for both, mothers and fathers) and provides that the costs for the program, estimated at approximately $18.5 billion over the next 10 years, will be funded with unemployment insurance funds. If states don’t currently have the funds necessary to cover the costs of the program, they will be expected to increase their state UI taxes until their trust fund balances are sufficient!  At the state level, it is still a mystery as to the final fate of paid sick leave in Maryland. Governor Larry Hogan is not going to sign the paid leave bill the legislature sent to him several weeks ago, but whether he vetoes it or allows it to become law without his signature remains to be seen. Hogan has had 30 days to consider the bill and must act on it by tomorrow, May 27 or it becomes law.  And legislators upped the ante in their battle with Governor Mark Dayton in Minnesota over his threat to veto a local paid leave/minimum wage preemption bill. Legislators included an extension of paid leave (set to expire this year) for state employees in the final bill along with some pension funding increases and several contract approvals, all of which Dayton wants. They continue meeting in special session, working to approve a final state budget, so there may be more twists and turns to come in Minnesota.