Labor groups, small businesses, faith leaders, farmers and nonprofits renewed their push at the State Capitol for paid family and medical leave — a move supported by House Speaker Melissa Hortman:

“D-F-Lers are determined to improve economic security for for workers and families, and that includes paid family and medical leave.”

The bill would establish a state-run program financed by premiums paid by employers, similar to unemployment insurance.  Employers could charge-back their employees for up to half the cost.   Business groups say many employers already provide leave to their employees and a mandatory program would put further financial burden on businesses that are struggling.