“Paid family leave is not an option,” said state Rep. Kim Rose, D-Milford, who added she once lost her job and income after she had to care for an ill grandmother.
“I had to put my grandmother in a nursing home and she died six days later,” Rose said during a public hearing Tuesday. “If I had had paid leave, I believe she would have lived longer.”
Who among us doesn’t grieve along with Miss Rose over the loss of her grandmother, but … really? Granny died from the stress of knowing that her little Kim was unemployed? In just six days?
From her biography,* Miss Rose seems to have been self-employed most of her working life, with her only stint as an employee coming with the Milford Citizen, an on-line news accumulator that republishes articles from real papers, without comment. So, did she fire herself? Was she forced from her unpaid job at the website? I suspect she did neither.
But that’s a quibble. Does anyone in Hartford know about running a small business? Do they understand that every regulation they pass, every additional burden they impose on all businesses, regardless of size, is just another incentive to get the hell out of Dodge?
These are rhetorical questions.
- “She opened an antique store in Downtown called “Grandma’s Attic,” and co-founded the Downtown Milford Business Association, where she also served as Vice President. With extensive expertise in event planning, she also owned and managed a catering business, as well as a bridal store, and worked at the Milford Citizen newspaper”