Last week, the California State Assembly passed yet another mandate bill that is bad news for small businesses around the state.  AB 2716 by Assembly Member Ma passed with a 45-33 vote and will force all employers to provide paid sick leave regardless of their ability to pay and would expose small businesses to yet another round of lawsuits.

And to add insult to injury, when did this vote take place?  On the very day that California has set aside to honor the best and brightest small businesses around the state – California Small Business Day.  Dozens of legislators voted against the interests of California’s economic powerhouse – small business – by supporting a multi-billion dollar job-killing mandate, then walked across the street to proclaim their undying support for the very businesses they had just crushed.  To say the least one must question their motives for attending the event.