Boosting wages to keep up with Colorado’s cost of living:
- Since 2000, average weekly wages in Colorado have only grown by $33. Colorado wages just aren’t keeping up with Colorado’s growing cost of living.
- Lawmakers brought proposals to boost wages this year, but they did not pass the legislature.
- We believe policies to help lift the wages of hardworking Coloradans — such as enhancing overtime pay for more people — are vital to consider in the future and will make it easier for more families to earn a good life in Colorado.
Addressing Colorado’s housing crunch:
- A household must make $21.97 to afford rent and utilities in Colorado, but the average renter wage is only $17.13.
- In 2018, various proposals to assist renters access safe, attainable housing failed.
- With Colorado continuing to experience record growth, we believe much more needs to be done to ensure Colorado families have access to safe, attainable housing and can share in the American dream of homeownership.
Honoring hardworking families and making their lives just a little easier:
- Nearly 1 in 4 new mothers must return to work within two weeks of having a child because they cannot go without a paycheck for longer.
- In 2018, Colorado lawmakers tried to create a comprehensive paid family leave program for Colorado employees who have a new baby or have to care for a sick loved one. But that measure failed.
Providing Coloradans the ability to earn a secure retirement:
- Nearly half of Colorado’s private-sector workers — over 750,000 people in their prime working years — have no retirement savings plan at work.
- Colorado lawmakers tried to provide access to low-cost retirement savings accounts this year, but unfortunately, the measure was killed.
Tackling the soaring cost of healthcare
- Statewide, health insurance premiums soared almost 30% this year. And in 14 rural counties, Coloradans buying private health insurance have only a single company to purchase from.
- Colorado lawmakers looked at various options to give Coloradans more options to purchase affordable health care insurance plans, and to tackle the extreme premiums people face in rural Colorado.
- Unfortunately, those measures did not pass this year.
We believe common sense measures like the ones highlighted above should be considered again in 2019.