All Minnesota workers could have up to 48 hours of paid sick time per year to care for themselves or a loved one — plus the state would set up a more expansive paid family and medical leave program using contributions from workers and employers.   That’s under a measure the Democrat-controlled Minnesota House passed last night (Wed) as part of a major budget bill. Opponents warn the extra expense could put tight-margin small companies out-of-business:

The measures face stiff opposition in the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate.