• Colorado minimum-wage-hike campaign turns in 200,000 signatures – Denver Business Journal

    Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to raise Colorado’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020 turned in about 200,000 signatures Monday, making it very likely that the ballot initiative will be on the November statewide ballot.

    Colorado Families for a Fair Wage needs the office of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams to verify 98,492 of the signatures are valid in order to put the proposal to a vote of the people.

    If that happens, Initiative No. 101 will become just the second citizen measure to make the ballot this year, joining the ColoradoCare universal health care proposal. Campaigns for another 10 to 12 initiatives are still gathering signatures.

    Initiative No. 101 would hike the minimum wage to $12 per hour over the next four years from its current statewide level of $8.31, then have it rise by inflation.

    A coalition led by the Colorado Restaurant Association and several other business groups announced last week that it would fund an opposition campaign.

    “Raising the minimum wage is fair and smart,” said Patty Kupfer, spokeswoman for Colorado Families for a Fair Wage. “It’s fair because people working full-time should earn enough to support their families. It’s smart because when working people have more money in their pockets, they spend it here in Colorado, boosting our economy and helping our communities thrive.”

    Ed Sealover covers government, health care, tourism, airlines, hospitality and restaurants for the Denver Business Journal and writes for the “Capitol Business” blog. Phone: 303-803-9229.

    Posted by Dana West @ 7:23 pm for Adams County Politics, Ballot Issue, Colorado politics, Denver area politics, Elections, Issues, Jobs |

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