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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, February 13

Feb 13, 2020

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First hour: Debating Governor Cuomo's paid sick leave proposal

Second hour: Discussing Amy Klobuchar's candidacy

A new proposal from Governor Cuomo has led to debate among workers and the business community. Cuomo’s plan would require businesses with at least five employees to provide a certain number of paid sick days, depending on the number of workers. According to the state, a lack of paid sick days leads to staff showing up to work ill because they fear they may otherwise lose their jobs. But small business owners say the plan would be an additional burden on employers who are already struggling to operate with small staffs. This hour, our guests debate the proposal and what policies they would like to see in New York State. In studio:

  • Larry Knox, political and community coordinator for 1199 SEIU
  • Andrew Brady, CEO of the XLR8 Team, and co-founder of the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism
  • Jennifer Posey, owner of Hedonist Artisan Chocolates and Ice Cream

Then in our second hour, we sit down with supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. Klobuchar finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, earning 20 percent of the vote. While experts say primaries in Nevada and South Carolina may be tough for her, Klobuchar’s supporters hope her recent success will lead to more strong showings. This hour, we discuss her candidacy, her platform, and more. In studio:

  • Patty Kaptein, Klobuchar supporter
  • Gail Seigel, Klobuchar supporter, SUNY Buffalo research lab director, and founding member of the Rochester March for Science
  • Jacquie Billings, Klobuchar supporter, restaurant entrepreneur, and trustee of the village of Perry