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Minimum Wage Workers in CO Get Big Boost This Week

January 2, 2007

The wallets of working families in several states will be a tad thicker this week. Voters around the country voted to raise the minimum wage for the first time in years. Here in Colorado, workers got a $1.70 bump to $6.85 per hour starting January 1. Bill Vandenberg with the Colorado Progressive Coalition says the higher wage is a good start.

"But we believe there's certainly a long way to go to affording housing, health care, child care, transportation and rent and all those things as well."

According to Vandenberg, a few possible next steps could include raising the federal minimum wage and making the state Earned Income Tax Credit permanent for Colorado's low-wage workers.

"That would impact 250,000 of the lowest-paid, lowest-wage Coloradans, and it is seen as the most effective anti-poverty program in the country."

Vandenberg notes that 73,000 minimum-wage earners in Colorado received the immediate raise on Monday. The wage is indexed to rise with inflation by a few cents every January.

Opponents of raising the minimum wage say it hurts small businesses like restaurants. Vandenberg points to a new study projecting strong growth in Colorado's restaurant industry as evidence that higher wages aren't bad for the bottom line.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO