Paid sick leave approved in Milwaukee. Plus: voting in WA state, unemployment, Obama on early education and NY city’s budget

November 5, 2008 | Alex Stone

Paid Sick Leave Referendum Wins Big: City of Milwaukee residents overwhelmingly approved a binding referendum Tuesday that calls for private employers in the city to provide paid sick leave for all their workers, a measure strongly opposed by business leaders and Mayor Tom Barrett. The final vote tally showed 69% voted for the referendum with 31% against.

Voter Turnout Strong in WA State: As expected, Washington state voter turnout was strong Tuesday, fueled by the presidential election, a tense gubernatorial rematch and hot-button ballot initiatives.

Jobs that Outlast Recession Fill Range of Needs: The unemployment rate in Detroit was 9.6 percent in September, according to the Labor Department. But more than 1,100 advertisements seeking registered nurses in the Detroit area can be found online. The health care sector is especially stable as our population ages.

Obama’s Plan for Early Education: Last night Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama won the presidential election to become 44th president of the United States. During the campaign, Obama made early education a cornerstone of his education policy agenda, and even highlighted early education as an important investment in our country’s economic future. Let’s take a closer look at the early education proposals Obama put forward during the campaign.

City Budget to Propose More Taxes and Fewer Jobs: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will recommend eliminating the popular $400 property tax rebate and sketch out a range of other possible tax increases, as part of a budget plan he will unveil on Wednesday, according to people who have been briefed on the plans.

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