Yglesias

Maternity Leave

CREDIT:

Obviously Megyn Kelly was right the second time and maternity leave is an excellent idea. For many of the same reasons that the government subsidizes children’s education, it also makes sense to subsidize basic parenting functions.

Ideally, we ought to have nationwide paid parental leave financed out of tax dollars so as to not create an implicit tax on employing people who have kids. In practice, anti-tax fervor in the United States makes it more plausible that we’ll move to a mandatory paid leave system without taxpayer finance that’s then going to need a lot of loopholes and exemptions.