WASHINGTON, DC – The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a resource and strategy center that supports legislators in advancing progressive policies at the state level, released the following statement today from SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod on the passage of earned sick days legislation by the Maryland House of Delegates:
“Thanks to the leadership and hard work of lead sponsor Del. Luke Clippinger, his colleagues in the House who supported this bill, and the Working Matters coalition of faith leaders, public health officials, and advocates who fought to make this victory possible, we are now closer than ever before to making earned sick leave a reality for Maryland families. For too long, hundreds of thousands of hardworking Marylanders have been asked to choose between their own health – or the health of a loved one – and the economic security of their family. This legislation is an important step in the right direction.
“Across the country – from earned sick leave becoming law in Vermont last month to New York approving the most comprehensive paid family leave law in the country just a few days ago, and similar efforts underway in Minnesota and Massachusetts – we are seeing national momentum for smart, progressive policies that protect working families and make our economy stronger.”