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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard
The Workers Defense Project is using the recent Republican-driven revision of the federal tax code to push for an ordinance here in Austin that would expand paid sick leave to thousands of residents. On Tuesday, the group released a short video featuring $100 bills raining down in slow motion on an ecstatic man dressed in business attire. Text fades into the lower half of the screen reading, “Trump just gave Austin businesses one of the largest tax cuts in history, but an estimated 223,000 Austin workers still don’t get paid sick time. Tell Austin City Council: Austin families deserve better.” Council is set to take up the ordinance in February. Today, the Work Strong Austin coalition, which includes the WDP and the Centers for Public Policy Priorities, among others, will hold a community briefing on the ordinance at the Austin Public Library’s Carver Branch starting at 6 p.m.
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