Living Wage

It’s time for change, not politics as usual.

LIVING WAGE

 As your State Representative:

1.  I will support legislation to put a measure on the ballot to raise Colorado’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour,  phased in over three years. That legislation would continue having Colorado’s minimum wage automatically adjusted annually for inflation. However, the formula must be adjusted to accurately account for actual cost of living such as housing, food, and utilities in each of several areas in the state. Housing costs vary by location and no one-size-fits-all approach is equitable. The wage for workers earning tips should also be adjusted.

Detailed position

No one who works full-time should live in poverty. The current minimum wage has not kept up with increases in the cost of living. In calculating adjustments, we should factor in the cost of food, healthcare, and gasoline in Colorado as well, as well as using the CPI. To keep people out of poverty, wages must keep up with real costs of living.

The percentage of children who live in poverty is rising. Despite public perception, the majority of these children live in homes where parents work full-time, but do not earn enough to raise themselves out of poverty, which then qualifies these families for public assistance programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing.

Raising the minimum wage supports the economy, locally and nationally. Workers spend money if they have it, which in turn supports the health of business. By extension it will boost sales tax revenue for state and local governments. And of equal importance, the cost of funding public assistance goes down.