Wage and pension

Manufacturing hits 16-year high in La Plata County

Manufacturing is a small piece of Durango’s economy, but it is growing at such a healthy pace that employment for manufacturing jobs hit a 16-year high in 2016 in La Plata County. “There is a...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado releases list of businesses that violated wage laws

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has publicly released for the first time the names of Colorado businesses that were found to violate wage laws since a new law went into effect April...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

After many Durango businesses prepared for overtime rule change, law is blocked by a Texas judge

For the last six months, Durango business have been getting ready for federally mandated changes in overtime pay, but on Tuesday, a Texas judge blocked it just days before it was set to take effect...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Amendment 70 seeks to gradually raise minimum wage

DENVER – Colorado voters next month will be asked to gradually raise the minimum wage. The Amendment 70 question reads, “Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution increasing the...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot battle over minimum wage intensifies in Colorado

DENVER – The ballot fight to gradually raise the minimum wage in Colorado has turned to political attacks, often overshadowing issues at the heart of the effort. Proponents have accused the other...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Signatures submitted to raise minimum wage in Colorado

DENVER – Proponents of an effort to gradually raise the minimum wage in Colorado submitted more than double the amount of signatures necessary to make the November ballot. Colorado Families for a...

DATE: July 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot proposal filed to raise Colorado minimum wage

DENVER – A ballot proposal to raise the minimum wage in Colorado was filed on Thursday. The effort comes just a day after Republicans in the state Legislature blocked an effort to allow local...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Minimum-wage measure dies at Colorado Legislature

DENVER – Republican state lawmakers on Wednesday killed a measure pushed by Democrats that sought to raise the minimum wage in Colorado. The legislation – which also failed in previous legislative...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Minimum wage straps local workers

Across Montezuma County, a single mother with a preschooler making minimum wage must work more than two full-time jobs in order to make ends meet. The alarming statistic was recently revealed in a...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

New Public Employees’ Retirement Association report says unfunded liability reduced by $15 billion

DENVER – Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton remains at odds with members of the state’s retirement benefits board over the stability of the system. Stapleton’s comments come after the Public...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

House approves wage bills

DENVER – State Rep. J. Paul Brown on Monday said raising the minimum wage in Colorado would violate the principles of America. The Ignacio Republican made his comments from the floor of the House,...

DATE: April 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Minimum-wage: Allow it to go up? And how?

DENVER – A Democratic-controlled House committee last week backed proposals that aim to raise the minimum wage in Colorado. The hearing by the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee...

DATE: March 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business