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January 28, 2019

Looks like you’d have to travel a long way in New Jersey before you’d find someone to disagree with the notion of funding programs to help people care for sick or disabled family members. An overwhelming percent of New Jerseyans (92 percent) supported the provision of such programs, according to a poll by the Rutgers University Center for State Health Policy. Almost as many (86 percent) of poll respondents favored requiring employers to pay for at least five days a year of sick leave for all workers. And there was very strong support too for funding pre-kindergarten classes for all low-income schoolchildren (82 percent). There was less — but still robust — support for increasing childcare funding for families who can’t afford it (76 percent). The same percent supported increasing paid family leave from six weeks to 12 weeks for childbirth or a sick family member for workers in businesses with more than 20 employees.

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