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Mayor Hancock Celebrates Gov. Polis Signing Local Government Minimum Wage Bill

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today joined with minimum wage increase advocates, bill sponsors Sen. Danielson and Rep. Melton, and state lawmakers to celebrate Gov. Jared Polis signing HB19-1210, the Local Government Minimum Wage, into law.

“Fair wages are central to ensuring Denver remains inclusive and affordable for everyone. With Gov. Polis signing this critical bill into state law, Denver and other communities will now have a tool to set an appropriate local minimum wage and help ensure that every resident has the opportunity of a job that leads to a home and a future in Colorado,” Mayor Hancock said today at the bill signing.

When the measure was first proposed to the State House Transportation & Local Government Committee, Mayor Hancock testified in support of HB19-1210, stating in his testimony that: “We need the opportunity to set the most appropriate minimum wage for our communities, so that we can meet the needs of our residents, continue to drive the economy forward and build thriving communities.”

In March, City Council unanimously approved the city’s proposal to set a $15/hr. minimum wage for city employees and city contractors and subcontractors. The approved proposal will mean a pay raise for nearly 1,900 city employees and thousands of workers employed through an estimated 300 contracts with the City and County of Denver. Mayor Hancock has also been proud to stand with his fellow Coloradans on numerous occasions to support statewide ballot measures to increase wages for our state’s workers, as well as advocate for their passage.

The state bill will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. Per HB19-1210, before enacting a minimum wage law, a local government shall consult with surrounding local governments and engage stakeholders, including chambers of commerce, small and large businesses, businesses that employ tipped workers, workers, labor unions, and community groups. Denver recently enacted its minimum wage for city employees and covered city contract and subcontract workers after months of outreach to our workers, contractors, unions, elected officials, and residents.