ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Supporters for paid sick days in Maryland are releasing new details on the cost benefits of workers earning time off.

The Working Matters coalition will present the new analysis at a news conference on Tuesday.

Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Baltimore Democrat, is proposing a bill that would allow workers in Maryland to earn up to a week of paid sick leave.

During a visit to a Baltimore cafe in January, President Barack Obama told his audience that 43 million people in America do not get paid sick leave.

Supporters say paid leave allows employees to avoid choosing between smaller paychecks and their health, but critics argue the policy can hurt the bottom line of small business.

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