Election 2016: Amendment 70 — Raising Colorado’s minimum wage
On the ballot:
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution increasing the minimum wage to $9.30 per hour with annual increases of $0.90 each January 1 until it reaches $12 per hour effective January 2020, and annually adjusting it thereafter for cost-of-living increases?
Colorado voters will decide whether this state should follow the lead of some other states and cities that have recently raised their minimum wages.
Amendment 70 would raise Colorado’s minimum wage from $8.31 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020.
The minimum wage would increase by .90 cents each year until the new wage is reached.
Statewide, a Denver Post reporta Denver Post report said critics of the measure worry that the proposal could spur restaurants to switch from tips to service charges. said critics of the measure worry that the proposal could spur restaurants to switch from tips to service charges.
a Denver Post report said critics of the measure worry that the proposal could spur restaurants to switch from tips to service charges.
According to the Post, proponents of the minimum wage increase are pointing to a University of Denver study that “estimates lifting the minimum wage to $12 an hour would pump $400 million into the Colorado economy and boost incomes for 20 percent of households in the state, mostly those earning just above the minimum.”
The proposal is seeing support from nonprofits and labor unions.
The last time voters here weighed in on whether to increase the minimum wage was in 2006, when the wage was increased to $6.85 an hour.
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