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Hogan asks businesses for assist in sustaining sick leave veto

Gov. Larry Hogan called on business leaders to put pressure on the General Assembly and help him sustain his veto of mandatory paid sick leave legislation.

Hogan make the comments during the Maryland Business for Responsive Government state of business lunch Monday in Linthicum. During the address, Hogan touted some of his accomplishments and touched on his veto of legislation that would require businesses with 15 or more employees to offer five days of paid sick leave.

The governor said the bill would hurt small businesses and cost jobs and called his veto in May “the right thing to do.”

The bill passed by veto-proof margins in both the House and Senate. Supporters of the bill said Hogan’s actions show that he is out of touch with the low-wage workers. They’ve vowed to override his veto and use the issue to defeat him in the 2018 election.

Hogan called on businesses to pressure lawmakers to sustain his veto and called the bill “very bad, anti-business and anti-jobs public policy for Maryland.”

“We will need everyone in the room to assist us in this fight in order to stop the legislature from overriding this common sense veto,” Hogan said. “We can’t do it by ourselves. We simply cannot allow them to return us back to the failed economic policies of the past. Frankly, we can’t continue to make positive progress without your help.”




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