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Seven States to Increase Minimum Wage on New Year’s Day; NELP: Raise will Help Thousands of Workers and Strengthen the Economy

National Employment Law Project, Dec 21 2010

Washington, DC – On January 1st, the minimum wage will increase in seven states, modestly boosting the incomes of approximately 647,000 minimum wage workers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Colorado's minimum wage set to fall

By Aldo Svaldi
Denver Post, Oct 13 2009
Colorado's minimum wage is set to decline next year due to a decrease in the inflation rate during the first half of the year, according to an order from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The new order would lower the state's current hourly minimum of $7.28 to $7.24 on Jan. 1.

Most employers, however, will still have to meet the federal minimum wage, which rose to $7.25 in July.

For a full-time worker, going from $7.28 to the federal hourly minimum will result in a loss of $62.40 in income during the course of a year.

Poverty: It's not just for unskilled anymore

By Kate Hawthorne
Northern Colorado Business Report, Feb 29 2008
FORT COLLINS - Colorado.

There is poverty in Fort Collins, one of America's best places to live. It might not be visible from SoPro (South of Prospect Road), but the thousands of people working - one or two or three jobs - at minimum wage in our fair city are barely getting by.

Best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich also wants you to know there's nothing "wrong" with poor people, no character flaw or genetic defect that causes poverty.

Voting centers expose weak link in democracy

By Cindy Rodríguez
Denver Post, Nov 20 2006
By the time all the counting is over and the election certification deadline rolls around today, the number of MIAs may be as high as 18,300.

That's how many Denver voters were likely unable to vote because of long lines, confusion over where to vote, power outages and computer malfunctions.

Business Leaders and minimum wage organizer on landslide victories

Nov 13 2006

Business leaders joined national Let Justice Roll campaign leaders and minimum wage ballot organizers from Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana and Ohio to analyze the historic minimum wage election victories and look ahead to future state campaigns and congressional legislation to raise the $5.15-an-hour federal minimum wage.

Landslide for Minimum Wage: what happened, what's next, analyzed in Nov. 9 teleconference

Nov 8 2006

Minimum wage hikes won in every state they were on the ballot, winning by a resounding 76 percent in Missouri, 73 percent in Montana, 69 percent in Nevada, 66 percent in Arizona, 56 percent in Ohio and 53 percent in Colorado (latest totals)

Values vote, minimum wage referenda analyzed in post-election teleconference

Nov 6 2006
State minimum wage ballot organizers (OH, MT, MO, AZ and CO); leaders of the national Let Justice Roll campaign; business leaders; and a low-wage worker will address the topics below and answer reporters' questions on a telephone press conference two days after the election:
  • What happened with state minimum wage referenda, and why?
  • How did the "values vote" impact the election?

Business briefs: Busines owners' group supports wage measure

Rocky Mountain News, Nov 3 2006
Let Justice Roll, a group campaigning for the constitutional amendment to raise Colorado's minimum wage, released a statement from business owners in favor of ballot issues here and in five other states.
The statement calls the $5.15 federal minimum wage "inadequate" and says, "A fair minimum wage shows we value both work and responsible businesses."

Minimum wage, maximum fight

By Tom McGhee
Denver Post, Oct 31 2006
Jeffrey Edwards gives son Jeffrey Jr. a bottle before heading to work at Pizza Hut, where he earns $6 an hour, more than the minimum wage. Edwards and Teresa Lipscomb, left, could live a little easier if Amendment 42 passes.

Business owners, CEOs say higher minimum wage good for business

Oct 31 2006
Cleveland, OH -- Business owners, executives and venture capitalists around the nation -- including the states where minimum wage is on the ballot Nov. 7 -- are calling for a higher minimum wage to pay workers fairly, boost business and strengthen the economy.

The statement released today calls for raising the wage floor above $5.15 an hour, noting, "Minimum wage workers have less buying power than minimum wage workers had half a century ago.

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