Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Clashes with GOP over Leave Policy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greitens Clashes with GOP over Leave Policy

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JEFFERSON CITY > Greitens clashes with GOP over leave policy * Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' decision to give paid family leave to executive branch employees isn't sitting well with some Republican senators.

GOP Sen. Rob Schaaf on Thursday said the governor's executive order is unconstitutional. He said Greitens needs authority from the Legislature to pay the $1.1 million price tag on the policy change.

"This is a separation of powers issue," Schaaf told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Just because he happens to be a Republican doesn't give him a pass. And if we let him get away with it this time, he'll think that he can get away with it forever, and future governors will, too."

Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden in an email said the administration is "confident" that the policy is constitutional and can be paid for within executive agencies' current budgets. …

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