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Backers say: Paid Sick Leave Still the "Best Medicine" for Ohio

August 25, 2008

Columbus, OH - Backers of the plan to mandate seven paid sick days per year for full-time workers in Ohio say they're disappointed that Governor Ted Strickland opposes their "Healthy Families Act" - but that won't stop them from gathering the rest of the signatures needed to get the initiative on the November ballot.

Strickland has said the plan is "unworkable" and would be detrimental to Ohio's economy. But Amy Hanauer, executive director for Policy Matters Ohio, calls it a common-sense proposal that would help restore a bit of balance to most people's hectic lives.

"People just recognize it as a pretty modest thing. We're talking about seven days off in a year, and workers would have to earn those days. That's something most other industrial nations have in place."

Hanauer also reminds voters that the proposal is not a constitutional amendment. That means the details of it can be fine-tuned through the legislative process, provided it passes. She believes the initiative would make a big difference for many of Ohio's struggling families.

"Increasingly, you have both parents in a household working, and it is very important in that situation that someone be able to 'mind the store,' if a child is sick or a family member needs care."

Groups on both sides of the initiative say they plan to spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns this fall to try to sway voters.

Mary Kuhlman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH