Council speaker Christine Quinn was asked at the city council’s monthly stated meeting press conference about yesterday’s report on the impacts that the Paid Sick Leave bill would have on local businesses.
Unsurprisingly, Quinn demurred.
I will be taking a position on the paid sick leave issue and legislation in the very near future. I thank everyone who was part of these studies and the other numerous studies we have. They are very useful information that I will weigh in my thinking over the near future as I come to a final position and then make that public.
The bill already has a majority of the Council signed on as co-sponsors, and is a major priority of labor and progressive groups. Business groups however have said that the bill, which would force small business to grant sick days to their employees, would drive up employment and hurt the city’s economy.
Without Quinn’s sign off, the bill cannot come to the floor.
When asked what criteria she was looking at in deciding whether or not to support the bill, Quinn again declined to directly answer the question.
I am studying, looking all over the studies. A long array of questions I’ve asked my staff to take a look at, so I’m considering all of the pros, all of the cons, all of the benefits, all of the impacts, the typical types of decision making processes one engages in around legislation. Is the good of X bill as good as negative consequences it might have… There are few bills that are perfect, that have absolutely no unintended consequences or negative ramifications. There are a few–ones that I write typically are that way, but besides that there are none–so you weigh that and that’s the type of weighing that I am engaged in now, frankly