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Colorado lawmakers abandon plan to offer $58 million in paid family and parental leave fee relief

A Colorado Senate committee Monday night killed a measure that would have provided $57.5 million in fee relief related to the state’s new paid family and parental leave program in a surprising reversal of a benefit touted by Gov. Jared Polis.  The Senate Finance Committee unanimously rejected House Bill 1305 after the legislation’s sponsor, Sen. […]

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Democrats’ plan to reduce Colorado’s paid family leave fees would last 6 months, cut premium rate by 0.09 percentage points

One of the most expensive proposals from Gov. Jared Polis and Democrats in the Colorado legislature this year aimed at driving down the cost of living involves the state’s new paid family leave program. But the business community, which would benefit from the effort, says the amount of relief is so small and so short-lived […]

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With federal COVID sick leave gone, workers feel pressure to show up at work

By Rae Ellen Bichell, KHN Economists and public health experts alike say paid sick leave is an essential tool — like testing, masks and vaccines — in the effort to prevent COVID-19 infection and keep workplaces safe. Yet the U.S. is in the midst of another COVID holiday season, and federal laws that offered COVID-related paid sick […]

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Sen. Winter, Rep. Gray: It’s time for Congress to catch up to Colorado on paid family leave

On election day 2020, Colorado voters overwhelmingly approved a groundbreaking proposal to implement a paid family and medical leave program in our state – finally granting residents this essential benefit and ultimately paving the way for a nationwide shift. Now, six months later, President Joe Biden has proposed the American Families Plan, which would not […]

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Colorado election 2020 results: President, Senate, House and ballot questions

Colorado voters set turnout records in the 2020 election, driven by huge interest in the presidential race, a major U.S. Senate contest, a close battle in the 3rd Congressional District and a series of significant ballot measures. The Colorado Sun is tracking the election results in these top races and updating the counts in real […]

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Colorado 2020 election: A quick guide to the ballot questions on abortion, wolves, taxes, sick leave and more

Colorado voters will decide 11 statewide policy questions on the November ballot — a list of far-reaching measures that will help set the direction for the state’s future. The 2020 ballot asks voters whether Colorado should put limits on abortion and create a state program designed to provide paid time off to workers for medical […]