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Statement from the Partnership for New York City on Mayor De Blasio’s Paid Vacation Proposal

“Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to force businesses in the city to give two weeks of paid vacation to every employee is another example of municipal overreach into the city’s private sector economy,” said Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “Most New York City employers are doing whatever they can to attract and keep good workers and do not need the government dictating their benefit policies. New York is already the highest cost city in the country, where entrepreneurs are struggling to survive. More than a third of the businesses that would be most threatened by this new mandate are owned by immigrants, a group that the Mayor champions. Many are struggling retailers, who are facing rising rents and online competition. This proposal sends a discouraging message to the entrepreneurs who are already contributing so much to our city’s tax rolls and employment opportunities and the City Council should reject it.”