$12 minimum wage measure Initiative 101 likely heading to Colorado voters
Campaign promising double the amount of signatures needed to get on ballot
DENVER—According to the Denver Post, Initiative 101’s campaign, the $12 an hour minimum wage hike ballot proposal, expects to deliver 200,000 petition signatures to the secretary of state’s office Monday.
Advancing Colorado Executive Director Jonathan Lockwood released the following statement:
“Colorado families need real opportunity and real results, not showy campaigns that will fail to deliver on their glossy promises. Low-income and vulnerable communities are at risk right now of being tricked by shallow campaign slogans and promised future wage hikes. Colorado families need the cost of living to become more affordable through true, meaningful reform and education. Initiative 101 will only hurt the poor and it is a death sentence to opportunity and much-needed economic relief in our state.”
Colorado’s state mandated minimum wage is $8.31. The federal mandated minimum wage is lower at $7.25.
The job-killing campaign needs 98,492 signatures from Colorado voters to qualify for the November 2016 ballot. The group according to the Post “still has until Aug. 8 to submit petitions.”
“We’re so excited to have this much support,” Lizeth Chacon, co-chairwoman of Colorado Families for a Fair Wage told the Post. “It’s indicative of the need and the excitement that’s out there to get this on the ballot.”