On Monday, July 6th, 2015 the Bellingham City Council will bring forward and discuss their proposal to mandate paid sick leave. They are giving this a warm and fuzzy name (when don’t they) as “Sick and Safe,” but the end result will be to drive new business away from Bellingham, higher costs to the customers of those businesses, and a lot of potential for businesses in Bellingham that are already on the margins to automate more, or move out of the city limits of Bellingham.
Is it my imagination that all of the time spent at the Bellingham City Council and the Whatcom County Council are spent on driving up the costs of living here, doing business here, and nothing that actually promotes growth for new and existing businesses? How does a community that is under the leadership of those who seem to have no grasp of economic reality succeed? Or, do they actually understand how their actions will affect the community and either do not care, or have some other agenda?
~ Kris HaltermanPd Sick Days Fact Sheet COB Sick Pay Draft Ordinance COB Sick Pay Policy Draft COB Sick Pay Facts