New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Paid Family Leave Plan

Date: February 02, 2016 Last Edit: February 03, 2016

Deputy Senate Majority Leader: “Every time you impose another burden on business, especially small business, we lose jobs.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Paid Family Leave Plan

A high-ranking New York Senator is throwing cold water on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s ambitious-if-misguided plan to provide workers a $15 minimum wage and 12 weeks of paid family leave.

Deputy Senate Majority Leader John DeFrancisco told AM 970’s Bill Samuels that proposals such as these could further ransack the state’s already beleaguered economy.

“Now we lose people for many reasons, but I think one of the main reasons is that we’re 49th or 50th in economic climate throughout the country,” said DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican. “And so it’s nice to provide everything for all people, but as a practical matter, whether it’s paid family leave, whether it’s a $15 minimum wage for people that are in the food industry—primarily the fast food restaurants—every time you impose another burden on business, especially small business, we lose jobs.”

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