Last week, the Connecticut House approved
legislation to guarantee paid sick days off for employees in any
business with fifty or more employees. While the Senate adjourned the
regular session without voting on the bill, a special budget session to
be convened might have a chance to enact the bill.
have introduced paid sick days legislation to ensure that workers are
able to regain their health without losing pay, or even worse, their
jobs. These are based on model policies that have already passed in
San Francisco, CA, Milwaukee, WI and Washington, DC.
One key victory on election day was a victory for paid sick days in
Milwaukee by a commanding 69-31% of city voters. Parents in Milwaukee
who need to take a day off to care for a sick child can now afford to
do so now that their paid sick days referendum
has Milwaukee following the lead of San Francisco, CA and Washington
DC. in adopting a program to require employers to provide paid sick
days. Under the measure, full-time workers in large businesses will
earn up to 9 paid sick
days a year and workers in smaller businesses with fewer than 10
employees will earn up to 5 days a year.
According to The Wall Street Journal, "Fed and Treasury
officials have identified the disease. It's called de-leveraging, or
the unwinding of debt. During the credit boom, financial institutions
and American households took on too much debt." But let's not buy into a false equivalence of "financial
institutions" and those "American households" borrowing beyond their