Given the increasing financial difficulties of small and iconic businesses from rising property taxes, to increase regulatory costs, do you believe the City Council should enact wide-sweeping human resources policies on local merchants and businesses, such as mandatory paid sick leave or predictive scheduling, on all businesses working in Austin? Please explain your position.

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

I believe these are great goals to have, but I am concerned about the pressure it is causing our local and
small businesses and would want to examine the unintended consequences it may be causing. I’m
especially concerned with the concept of “all” businesses having the same requirements as it leaves no
room to consider various inherent nuances.