DENVER (AP) – Denver voters have rejected a proposal to require businesses to provide paid sick leave.

The measure would have made Denver the nation’s fourth city to require the leave. It was losing badly with a majority of votes counted Tuesday.

Initiative 300 was fiercely opposed by business interests, especially restaurants. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock starred in a commercial calling the proposal a bad idea, and even Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper weighed in against it.

The required sick leave proposal was supported by a women’s advocacy group and some low-wage workers.

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  1. Margaret says:

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  2. Kris says:

    This is a sad day for Denver. Offering paid sick time to employees is just the RIGHT thing to do! From Milwaukee, WI

    1. Sid says:

      Given the heavy influence of blue collar labor in Milwaukee I’d only expect a comment like this.

      I lived there for three years, the land of beer, brats, and bowling along with the rudest drivers in the US, I couldn’t wait to leave. Your comment is a great example of why that was the case.

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