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Paid family leave is a priority for Colorado Democrats. But 5 questions will make or break the effort.

Bringing paid family leave to Colorado workers was a top priority for Democrats when they took control of the statehouse last year. But after effective protests from the business community, the legislature settled instead for a study.  The study group — which included family leave proponents and small business owners — met for seven months, […]

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Lobbying spending sets new record in Colorado, as interests shift to influence Democratic-controlled Capitol

The aggressive agenda pursued by Colorado’s Democratic-controlled legislature this year – including bills on oil and gas regulation, family leave policies, climate change and health care – contributed to record spending on lobbying. Business interests, associations, nonprofits and other groups spent more than $36.4 million on lobbyists in fiscal year 2019 to influence Colorado lawmakers […]

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Opinion: Did Colorado Democrats overreach, or were they right on target?

After a legislative session that delivered full-day kindergarten, lower costs for early childhood education, new steps toward paid leave and retirement security and stronger consumer protections, there’s a campaign trying to tell you these priorities are somehow alien ambitions for our state — that these community achievements are a far cry from what Coloradans want […]

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Opinion: Social benefit programs, like paid family leave, may not be easy. But they’re worth it.

This session, legislators had the opportunity to join states across the nation in modernizing the workplace and providing more equitable benefits for all. By creating the Family Medical Leave Insurance Program (FAMLI), Colorado could have joined the national movement to ensure public benefits match not only today’s current reality, but also the future of work. […]

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For many business groups, Colorado’s 2019 legislative session has been “very difficult” to navigate

When he heard about legislation to create a state-run paid family and medical leave plan for workers in Colorado, Scott Bright took out his calculator. “I ran the numbers and, really, the cost of it was not as large of a red flag as the effect it would have on my employees, business and clients,” […]

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Here are the most-lobbied bills in Colorado’s 2019 legislative session. The list may surprise you.

One of the Democratic majority’s greatest disappointments in the final days of the legislative session was the failure to guarantee paid family leave in Colorado. The legislation was reduced to a feasibility study of the concept — in large part because of intense lobbying from business interests against the measure. In fact, Senate Bill 188 […]

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Colorado Democrats postpone paid family leave effort until 2020, opt for study after mounting pressure against bill

Democrats at the Colorado Capitol won’t meet one of their prime goals this year, passing a paid family and parental leave bill, opting instead to study how to resolve differences surrounding the bill in hopes of pushing forward in the 2020 legislative session. The resolution comes after weeks of mounting pressure from business groups against […]

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After overhaul, Colorado Democrats advance their ambitious family leave effort

By Jim Anderson, The Associated Press A Colorado Senate committee on Tuesday advanced an ambitious paid family leave bill that was substantially amended by its sponsors in an attempt to alleviate the concerns of most of the state’s major business chambers. The Senate Finance Committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send the bill to the Appropriations Committee. The […]