Annapolis, MD – Working Matters released the following statement following Governor Hogan’s announcement today that the Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) would be “dead on arrival” if it reaches his desk:
“750,000 Marylanders currently do not have a single paid sick day, including many who live in fear they could lose their job if they get sick. For five long years, Working Matters has fought to ensure that these Marylanders have the ability to care for their families.
“The Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) is the result of five years of compromise, deliberation and input from Maryland businesses, health professionals, community members and working families whose lives would be forever changed for the better by this bill. It’s a proposal that is supported by 80% of Marylanders — including Republicans, Democrats and Independents. When compared to other states nationally, it is clear that this bill is a middle-of-the-road solution to a very serious problem.
“We are disappointed by the governor’s announcement today, and urge him to do the right thing. The Healthy Working Families Act is a bill that will help Maryland working families.”