DENVER – Minimum wage could vary across Colorado if a proposed bill becomes law.
On Monday, lawmakers introduced a bill that would allow local governments the ability to have a higher minimum wage than the state.
Colorado will soon have a $12 Minimum Wage….but could Denver Boulder Aspen or any other city or county soon make their minimum wage higher than the state’s?? Today a bill has been introduced at #coleg to do just that #copolitics #kdvr pic.twitter.com/ewQcSF0CGZ
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) February 25, 2019
Currently, Colorado’s minimum wage is $11.10 an hour. Voters approved an increase in 2016 to have a $12 minimum wage in Colorado by 2020.
“Our state is so diverse that works for Denver is not necessarily going to work for Greeley or for Trinidad,” Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D- Greeley) said.
“New York, Chicago and Los Angelas all have higher minimum wages than their states,” Rep. Jovan Melton (D-Aurora) said.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock recently raised the minimum wage for city employees and contractors in Denver to $15 dollars an hour. At a press event announcing the decision Hancock said he would welcome doing it for the private sector if given the authority.
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) February 14, 2019
Republicans at the State Capitol blasted the bill for potentially having unintended consequences.