Denver’s Minimum Wage Could Increase to $13.80 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

  • Posted by: Emma Berdanier |
  • 10/14/19 |
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Denver’s Minimum Wage Could Increase to $13.80 Effective Jan. 1, 2020

In 2019, through HB19-1210, the Colorado legislature gave local governments the power to set citywide minimum wages at a higher rate than the statewide minimum wage. Currently, the Colorado statewide minimum wage is $11.20 per hour, set to increase to $12.00 per hour on Jan. 1, 2020. No city in Colorado has taken advantage of this rule, but Denver could be the first to do so come January.

In September, Mayor Hancock and Councilwoman Kniech proposed a bill to be voted on by Denver’s City Council in November following extensive public engagement beforehand. This bill would increase the minimum wage in the city of Denver beginning in January 2020, with proposed annual increases as follows:

  • Jan. 1, 2020 increase to $13.80 per hour
  • Jan. 1, 2021 increase to $15.87 per hour
  • Jan. 1, 2022 and beyond the minimum wage would increase annually based on the Consumer Price Index

Denver City Council is hearing from constituents about this bill so that their input goes into the council’s decision. Contact your district’s city council member to let your opinion be heard on this important topic!

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