States and Cities With Public Campaign Financing Lead on Paid Sick Leave Policies

2018 report from the Maine Center for Economic Policy found that the workers who are paid the lowest in Maine are much more likely to receive no paid sick time benefits from their employers, with two-thirds of workers who make less than $12 an hour having no paid sick days. Though business interests such as the Maine Hospital Association opposed paid sick leave in the state, a ballot referendum announced by the progressive Maine People’s Alliance on Election Day 2018, as Democrats took control of state government, spurred the legislature to action.

Click here to read the full story, first published May 9, 2020, in Sludge.