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As a Catholic in your district, I am asking you to support working families in Maryland by voting YES on the Time to Care Act (HB 839/SB 539), which would provide paid family leave to Marylanders.
Families struggling to make ends meet are often just one major crisis away from bankruptcy. And for many, that means when they have or adopt a child, face a major illness, or need to care for a loved one that they cannot afford to take time off work. And those who do, frequently have to go without pay or even risk losing their jobs.
No one should be forced to choose between the job they need and family they love. Yet, 25% of women in America take only 10 or fewer days of maternity leave, and as many as 60% of low-income working fathers do not take any paternity leave. What’s more, 43.5 million Americans provide for elderly family members as an unpaid caregiver, most of them also working at the same time. The lack of access to paid family leave puts moms, dads, loved ones and children at risk physically and emotionally.
As a Catholic, I believe that a policy like this not only strengthens families, it provides workers with security in a time of need. That is why I am asking you to please vote YES on HB 830/SB 539 when it comes to your chamber for a vote.