The benefits of sick leave. Plus: tough cuts ahead for the state budget and a pre-k stimulus package?

November 25, 2008 | Alex Stone

Sick-leave issue connects with every worker: For Amy Stear, the motivation for the victorious binding referendum here for paid sick days was a woman who had to choose between her job and a mid-afternoon flu shot for her child. “The doctors lectured her for not bringing her child for shots,” said Stear, the Wisconsin director of 9-to-5, the National Association of Working Women. “So he worked out with her job that she had to get off one day at 2 for an appointment at 3.”

Talk of the ‘L’ word (layoffs) headed into tough budget season: As Olympia struggles to bridge a record budget shortfall of $5.1 billion – or more – over the next 2 1/2 years, lawmakers and budget officials say that cutting jobs looks more likely.

Should Preschool Be Part of the Stimulus Package?: With Congress considering a massive stimulus package intended to jumpstart the struggling economy, it’s not surprising that everyone in Washington wants to make sure their pet issues get a piece of the action. There are even rumors that pre-k investments could be part of the stimulus package

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Posted in Early Learning, Education, Paid Sick Days, State Economy, Tax and Budget, Work & Family

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