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Gretchen Whitmer to moms: Paid leave, day care would help the Michigan economy

By Lauren Gibbons


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reiterated support for access to affordable child care and paid family leave Tuesday, telling a national conference of mom-friendly policy advocates that there’s an economic cost to letting mothers shoulder the burden alone. 

Speaking at the inaugural Moms First Summit in New York City — an event that also featured former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and other influential women in politics, science, business and media — Whitmer said that policymakers shouldn’t sideline issues predominantly affecting mothers.


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