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Cuomo Again Enlists VP Biden For Progressive Cause

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  Governor Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden headlined a pep rally to pass paid family leave in New York, but some question whether the governor’s plan is enough.

Governor Cuomo gathered together the same union coalition who have joined him to back the $15-an-hour minimum wage effort in the campaign style rally for his newest cause.

“Now is the time to pass paid family leave,” Cuomo told the cheering crowd.

The governor once again invited Vice President Joe Biden, who says family leave only works if it’s subsidized. 

“The neighborhood I’m from, which is a middle class neighborhood, I don’t know anybody who can go three months without a paycheck,” Biden said.

The Vice President joined Cuomo for the minimum wage effort last September.

Critics, including the Democratic Assembly Speaker, say Cuomo’s plan does not go far enough. It would give workers initially just 35 percent of their paychecks when they take up to twelve weeks of leave. And employees would have to finance the plan through small deductions in each pay check.

Karen Scharff, with the progressive leaning group Citizen Action, also questioned whether the governor’s actual proposal is adequate. She said, in a statement “We thank Governor Cuomo for elevating this issue to give it the attention it deserves, but we have to get the policy details right so all workers benefit.”

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