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May 19, 2016
Low-wage workers are falling farther behind. Working full time at minimum wage is not enough to support the basic cost of living in most communities in Colorado. Raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 is smart and fair – it will help hardworking families make ends meet and spur economic growth across the state. Colorado Families for a Fair Wage is a coalition of small busi...


May 25, 2016
May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is “Blaze a Trail.” It’s an appropriate rallying cry for Colorado. The state’s Strategic Action Planning Group on Aging (SAPGA) has been blazing through meetings and presentations to create a comprehensive state acti...
May 12, 2016
The 2016 legislative session wrapped up this week with more disappointments than victories for working families. Given it is an election year, we knew going in it would be harder than usual to build bipartisan support for big policy ideas, and we were right. Among the victories were several important postsecondary education and workforce develop...
May 17, 2016
Big news!  This week, we are excited to join partners throughout the state to announce a new campaign that will improve the lives of thousands of Colorado families. Colorado Families for a Fair Wage is a coalition of small business owners, community partners, working...
May 17, 2016
When Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1100 today, our state took an important step in expanding access to affordable postsecondary education for all Colorado students. The bill allows qualified “unaccompanied homeless youth” (those who are not supported by, or in the physical custody of, their parents or guardians) to pay in-state t...
May 4, 2016
The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee killed Senate Bill 16-185 today on a 5-4 vote. We are thrilled that legislators chose to support hard-working Coloradans over highly profitable lenders. Al...