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Where do the presidential candidates stand on paid sick leave?

May 11, 2015

Daily Kos

May 9, 2015

Paid sick leave is gaining ground as a national issue. It’s now the law in three states and a growing number of cities, but the momentum behind it just means Republicans are gearing up to fight harder. Republicans in the Pennsylvania state legislature, for instance, are still working away at their ALEC-inspired goal of overriding Philadelphia’s paid sick leave law. A state bill would pre-empt any local sick leave laws, because undoing local laws is how Republicans roll. Pennsylvania Republicans may not be able to get an anti-sick leave bill past Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, but Jonathan Cohn points out that sick leave, at both the federal and state levels,could become a presidential campaign issue:

“When [Philadelphia Mayor Michael] Nutter signed that measure in his state, Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, hailed it as an achievement. On Monday, campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin told HuffPost that Clinton was “disappointed to learn of the effort to overturn this hard-fought victory.” Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Obama, has also spoken out against the Pennsylvania preemption effort — calling it “dreadful.”

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