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Minimum Wage Increase for Denver Workers Adopted

DENVER – City Council tonight adopted an ordinance to raise Denver’s citywide minimum wage starting this Jan. 1. The ordinance, proposed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Councilwoman Robin Kniech (at-large), confronts wage inequity and cost of living affordability by raising the minimum wage for 90,000 Denverites who live and work in the city.

“While Denver’s economy has thrived over the past few years, our economy still does not work for everyone,” Mayor Hancock said. “This increase to Denver’s minimum wage will provide a little bit of relief for those who are struggling the most – families who must choose between putting food on the table and paying rent or buying medicine. This is a milestone moment for our city, and I want to thank Councilwoman Kniech for her partnership, the members of City Council, and everyone who provided feedback to help improve this measure. This is a proud moment for Denver.”

“I’m so grateful for the historic opportunity to work with Mayor Hancock, my Council colleagues, and our broader community to raise the minimum wage for the Denverites who work hard every day to sustain our city,” Councilwoman Kniech said    

Under the ordinance, Denver’s minimum wage will elevate to:

  • $12.85 an hour on Jan. 1, 2020;
  • $14.77 an hour on Jan. 1, 2021;
  • $15.87 an hour on Jan. 1, 2022; and
  • Annual adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index each year thereafter.