DENVER – When Coloradoans voted to tie the state's minimum wage to inflation, they were trying to make sure low-wage workers did not fall too far behind the cost of living. But their vote has had an unintended consequence: Colorado plans to lower its minimum wage next year because of falling inflation rates, becoming the first state in the nation do so.
Angela Charles was thrilled when she got a part-time job with Project Angel Heart in April.
"It was hard making ends meet," said Charles, 45, of Aurora. "Everything depended on my husband's income."
Charles' husband, Robert, makes $12 an hour working full time at a warehouse. Even though their two daughters are grown and no longer living with them, it was still a struggle to get by on only his salary.
"I like to have food in the refrigerator," Angela Charles said.
A Rocky Mountain News Point/Counterpoint stating that in a nation that values hard work and self-reliance, no one should have to work full-time for wages that leave a family in poverty. As a simple matter of fairness - and to strengthen families and encourage work - it is time to raise Colorado's minimum wage.