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Fight at the Colorado State Capitol could change who sets minimum wage

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Posted at 11:18 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 13:21:04-05

DENVER — Lawmakers and activists will gather at the steps of the Colorado State Capitol on Monday at noon to push for a change to the state’s minimum age.

They are hoping to do away with a law from 1999, which states that the state of Colorado has the power to set a minimum wage. This new bill would do away with that and would allow cities — not the state — to set the minimum wage.

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In the state’s largest cities, like Denver, the cost of living is skyrocketing. Minimum wage is going up to $12 in 2020, but an economist told Denver7 that that’s still not enough to live in Denver. Residents in the city are still taking up a second or third job.

But in other places in Colorado, like the San Luis Valley on the Western Slope, the cost of living is much lower. Twelve dollars is enough to get by. However, it might be too high a salary for some smaller businesses to be able to afford their employees.

A similar measure failed in 2018.

After the press conference at noon, the bill will be introduced in the House later in the day on Monday.