Portland Democratics here in business-friendly Oregon are, in addition to trying to push the statewide minimum wage up to the current mantra of $15 an hour (despite the fact that small businesses and restaurants in Seattle are closing down due that city's adoption of the mantra), working to add yet another incentive to attract business to the state:
The latest draft of Senate Bill 454 would allow workers at businesses with 10 or more employees to accrue an hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees may carry over up to 40 hours of sick time from one year to the next, but the bill does not require they get paid for unused sick time if they leave the job. Businesses with fewer than 10 employees would follow the same rate but be allowed to offer unpaid leave.
At some point, one might think that even a Democratic might ask themselves whether or not it's better to get a small paycheck while acquiring life-skills - or no paycheck at all. And although it appears that it never occurs to them, I believe that this is a case in which appearances are deceiving: they know exactly what they're doing, and they're doing it because the perceive it as in their best political interests to increase the size of a dependent class.
Earning a paycheck carries with it a side-effect that is anathema to Democratics: a sense of independence and self-control.