If it saves the life of just one grandmother …


Thanks to her new paid leave, Rep. Rose can visit her grandmother and review the old lady’s will, making sure the cash isn’t being left to the pet schnauzer

Hartford Democrats once again turn to forcing businesses with two-or-more employees to  provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

“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”



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18 responses to “If it saves the life of just one grandmother …

  1. No they don’t understand….
    What % has ever filed a 941?
    Or even know what they are?

  2. hmmm

    Two or more employees. Really? How does that math work?

  3. hmmm

    So if I am an electrician and I have an apprentice who needs to take a leave I have to continue to pay him and hire someone else? Good luck. It is time to move.

    This stupidity is conceived by people who haven’t a clue about anything.

  4. Flash

    Pretty soon employees of McDonalds will be Independent Contractors sustantiated by their Form 1099s

  5. Libertarian Advocate

    As I’ve said before and so have you, when the top producing revenue cows flee the state, the morons in Hartford will drill down deeper until they finally dis-employ their own base, then SHIT will get FUGLY for them. They deserve the shitstorm headed their way.

  6. But that’s a quibble

    Hardly! It’s a lie. Someone should call her on it.

  7. WTF

    Completely insane and asinine. Poster above is right: so, I have a small business, an S Corp. I’m an employee of my corp and I have another employee. I now have to pay about 1/4th of my employee’s wages for the year because of this??? WTF. Fucking idiots.

  8. Publius

    There are 2 ways to bury economic growth: first and foremost is taxes: the second is regulation/legislation overkill. I give the Democrats credit because it only took 2 large tax increases to realize that some businesses could survive and that a shift to option # 2 legislative overkill will be what is needed to put the final nail in the coffin. I am sure there will be follow up legislation that will specify who will turn off the lights when businesses leave.

  9. Publius

    I missed the quote from Rosa “I am married to a multi-millionaire husband who is a lackey for the Dem Party” De Lauro. She too is full of it. She claims she nearly lost her job due to ovarian cancer. According to her bio info she had the cancer diagnosed in 1985 when she was on the staff of….. get this….. Sen. Chris Dodd!!! I guess Dodd tried to fire her???? I don’t blame him.

    • Cobra

      De Lauro looks like a failed Madame Tussauds attempt at capturing the figure of Ronnie Wood.

    • FF

      I worked for Rosa back then. If you knew how tough she was, you’d stay behind the blog. She beat the cancer and then a few years later ran for the seat. She’s unbeatable in our neighboring districts, polling so high you can only assume Republicans vote for her as well.

      • What’s with her losing her job? Did she ever have one?
        And why does she hate small businesses so? Related to her mythical firing?

      • Publius

        There are plenty of women who have beaten cancer FF that haven’t thrown their constituents under the bus. Ask the “folks” in her district how they are doing. Not so well as I suspect. As for staying behind the blog, sorry FF. I would be glad to meet anyone anywhere, anytime including Rosa de Lauro. I am the same in person as I am on this blog. I do give you credit for admitting that you worked for this woman. She makes Bernie Sanders look like a moderate.

  10. Rosa de Lauro is married?!?

    To Rosie O’Donnell?

  11. P

    Grandma’s attic? Perhaps her grandmother’s passing was blessing for her business.