Ellen Bravo is the Executive Director of Family Values @ Work.

A Government Program That Helps People Take Personal Responsibility

Ellen Bravo

Here’s a question for candidates who hate non-income taxpayers but love moms, hate beneficiaries of government programs while hailing personal responsibility: Why not embrace a government program that helps moms – and dads, and sons and daughters and partners – take care of their loved ones and then return to their jobs, so they can take responsibility for themselves, support their families, contribute to the economy and earn enough to pay income taxes?

The Paid Family Leave program in California is exactly this kind of program. On September 23, we celebrate its tenth anniversary.