By Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker says the state should consider whether to offer paid parental leave to public employees.

Baker told reporters Monday that the benefit is “something that’s worth looking at.” He said since it would involve taxpayer money, he’d want to make sure any proposal is affordable.

Baker’s comments come after top state and civic leaders have begun offering parental leave to their workers.

State Treasure Deb Goldberg said earlier this month that she will allow up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for about 175 eligible employees in her office.

She follows Attorney General Maura Healey and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, both of whom have begun offering up to six weeks of paid parental leave to their employees.

All three offer the same benefit to parents who adopt.

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