D.C. City Council Advances Most Progressive Paid Leave Policy in the Country

By Gloria Taylor

Last Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted to move forward with the most expansive paid family and medical leave benefit in the nation. The new benefit, estimated to cost $250 million a year, levels a .62% payroll tax on D.C. businesses. The tax pays for 8 weeks of newborn or adoption leave, 6 weeks to care for a sick relative, and 2 weeks of personal medical leave for both full and part-time employees. Even though Democrats expressed concern over the potential threat to small business, they pushed the measure through the liberal city council on an 11 to 2 vote.

Years of liberal policies governing the District have left the city in shambles with the 4th highest unemployment rate in the country and an all-out public transportation crisis. But the vote by the City Council is not a surprise. The council continues to demonstrate a complete and utter lack of fiscal sanity. Whether it was the approval of a $15 minimum wage hike or physician assisted suicide, progressive policies continue to take root in the city. In fact, the original version of the paid leave proposal called for 16 weeks necessitating a 1% tax. The real kicker, about 60% of the people who would receive the benefits don’t even live in DC.

While rampant liberalism is on full display in D.C., if we learned one thing this election cycle–Washington is out of touch with the rest of the country. The last thing small business owners need is another government mandate telling them how to care for their employees. When forced to offer another benefit, an employer will likely slash wages to compensate for the cost.

Heritage Foundation expert, James Sherk, explains that paid leave mandates harms productivity, cost jobs, and function as a tax on workers depressing wages, savings and consumption.

Employers should be free to explore options that attract workers through generous benefits, but don’t let the federal government mandate it. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Promising every entitlement in the world may be politically attractive, but the bottom line is that someone has to pay for it. Perhaps the government could address existing regulations and barriers to business that when lifted, would lead to rising wages, competitive benefits, and a growing economy.


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According to the latest research conducted by the Tax Foundation, Americans will spend over 8.9 billion hours complying with IRS tax filing requirements in 2016, costing the U.S. economy over $400 billion. The ridiculous amount of wasted time and resources is larger due to the “growing complexity of the U.S.…

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New Survey Shows what Issues Really Matter to Small Business Owners

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) recently released the results from their 2016 Politics of Small Business Survey just four months before the Presidential general election. According to the survey, only 7 percent of small business owners believe their federally elected politicians represent them well while an even lower number…

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KEY VOTE ALERT: NO ON MANDATORY GMO LABELING ACT

Later this week, the Senate is scheduled to vote on S. 764, the GMO labeling compromise reached by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), which would create a federal labeling requirement for GMO products. The Roberts-Stabenow bill is in response to an onerous Vermont law that requires GMO…

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How Congress Can Improve Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Business owners and entrepreneurs know that the most innovative idea is not enough to be successful. Without healthy access to capital the best business idea will fail. That’s why it’s so important for Congress to enact policies that create an environment in which entrepreneurs can easily raise the money necessary…

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DOL’s New “Union Persuader” Rule May Be Unconstitutional

Earlier this week, a Federal District Court Judge named Sam Cummings placed a temporary hold on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “union persuader” rule due to Constitutional concerns. The new rule would force employers to publically report to the DOL when they receive advice from a lawyer on matters that would “affect…

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New Labor Rule Makes Business Owners Responsible For Workers They Didn’t Hire

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new interpretation of the joint employer standard is undermining the ability of business owners to maintain control of their own business. In a recent lawsuit, the NLRB determined that a California recycling facility – Brown-Ferris Industries - is a “joint employer” with a temporary…

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Heritage Action Praises Tax Reform Task Force

Washington — Today, the House Republican’s tax reform task force released its policy recommendations. Last December, Speaker Paul D. Ryan promised to “show what we would do, what our ideal policy would be.” Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: “House Republicans’ new tax plans…

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Blueprint for Pro-Growth Tax Reform Released

Last Friday, House Republicans released a blueprint for comprehensive tax reform as part of the GOP’s larger campaign reform agenda named “A Better Way.” While the provisions offered in this comprehensive tax reform proposal would reduce taxes and help jumpstart our economy, campaign ideas aren’t enough. House Republicans should introduce…

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Senate Introduces New GMO Labeling Legislation

Roughly one week before Vermont becomes the first state to require food companies to label food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Senate Agriculture Committee released new legislation that would force all states to do the same. This bill would force food companies to disclose foods containing GMOs, although…

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Congressman Challenges Regulators to “PROVE IT”

Last week, Representative Garret Graves (R-LA) introduced legislation named the Providing Retrospective Observations Validating the Economic and Increasing Transparency or PROVE IT Act. Rep. Graves’ bill currently has 15 other House cosponsors including one Democrat from Texas - Rep. Henry Cuellar. The PROVE IT Act would empower Congress to require…

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Federal Government Spends $25 million on Climate Change Project in the Philippines

Earlier this month, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), unveiled his latest edition of “The Waste Report.” The report is an ongoing project that highlights egregious examples of federal government waste. This report, titled “Rising Tide of Waste in the Philippines,” sheds light…

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House Republicans Outline Proposal to Fight President Obama’s Water and Agriculture Regulations

Last Tuesday, a task force of House Republicans released a regulatory policy agenda outlining what policies Congress should enact to help jumpstart the economy. Entitled “A Better Way,” this task force agenda offers significant policy proposals that would improve our economy by protecting privacy rights and empowering  businesses to succeed.…

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