Josh lives in Hamden, CT and owns The Common Bond Market in Shelton.

Why is paid family leave important to you personally?

Because my staff takes care of the business – they have earned the right to care for themselves and their loved ones.

As a small business owner, why do you support paid family leave? 

Because it is humane and economically feasible if done as a state mandate.

How did you become aware of paid family leave?

Through the Working Families Party!

What do you wish other business owners knew about paid family leave?

That it’s funded through employee contributions and does not come at a cost to the employer.

How will paid family leave change Connecticut?

Cost of living is very high in Connecticut, especially for our laborers. [Paid family and medical leave] will help even out the edges and show our workforce that we care about them.

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