Why paid sick days are the right choice for Arizona

A higher minimum wage and the opportunity to earn paid sick days are two of the reasons why I am joining my neighbors in voting “yes” on Proposition 206. And like some of the hundreds of thousands of other working moms in our state who will benefit from the passage of the measure, I have at least two more reasons to vote “yes” — my son and my daughter.

Riann Norton

Riann Norton

My young daughter suffers from a chronic illness, and as a single mother providing for her family on a single income, I can’t begin to tell you about the challenges I’ve had juggling doctors’ visits with my full-time job.

In addition to earning higher wages, which will help working families like mine cover our basic needs, I am truly excited about the opportunity to earn paid sick days, which will go a long way in helping me get the treatment my daughter needs to get well.

In other states that have adopted paid sick leave laws, businesses have seen fewer illnesses in the workplace and a boost in employee morale – with little to no impact on their bottom line. In fact, many companies in such states have seen cost savings from streamlining their family leave policies.

Hundreds of business owners have come out in support of both paid sick days and increasing minimum wage here in Arizona. That’s because they know it’s the right thing for the people who help them do business.  Joining the company of other states who have passed paid sick days would be a boon to Arizona’s economy and its workers. On Election Day next Tuesday, I hope other Arizonans join me in voting yes on Proposition 206.

Editor’s note: this opinion piece was submitted by the Center for Popular Democracy

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