Colorado House passes bill to let local governments raise their minimum wage – Denver Business Journal

“Colorado House Democrats pushed a measure through their legislative chamber Thursday that would allow cities and counties to raise their minimum wage above the level of the state’s…

despite warnings about job loss to automation, claims of socialism and a party-line vote that seems likely to doom the bill in the Republican-controlled Senate.

House Bill 1368, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Jovan Melton of Aurora and Jessie Danielson of Wheat Ridge, has divided much of the business community from left-leaning policy organizations like the Bell Policy Center and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy…

Colorado’s minimum wage currently stands at $10.20 but is in the process of going up to $12 by the start of 2020 after state residents approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 increasing the pay floor in incremental steps.

Still, a number of communities throughout the metro area feature significant percentages of their population that must pay between 25 and 50 percent of their income in housing costs, partly because the cost of housing has gone up much more quickly since 2010 than salaries have risen.”

This article originally published on April 26, 2018 from the Denver Business Journal. It has been formatted for publication on Together Colorado’s Latest News page.

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