Duluth's ongoing conversation about Earned Safe and Sick Time is a critical one for people who risk their jobs if they take time off to care for a sick child or are seeking help in instances of domestic abuse.
In Duluth's Native American community, over 30% of the population is homeless. 80% of mothers are the primary breadwinners for their families. And 46% - compared to 26% of the general population here - are living below the poverty line.
So as you might imagine, issues surrounding income and job security - not to mention aid for victims of violence - are big deals.