Wage and pension

State House committee amends Colorado public pension bill to address $32B shortfall

Democrats made big changes to a bill to fill a $32 billion hole in the state’s pension plan for public employees Monday in a partisan fight that’s likely to play out more before the session...

DATE: April 16, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Minimum wage increase unlikely to boost pay for many Durangoans

The minimum wage in Colorado increased from $9.30 to $10.20 an hour on New Year’s Day, but it is unlikely to change pay for many employees in Durango, where the entry-level wage for a job is higher...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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. 3, 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. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Construction worker shortage hitting home

Homebuilders in La Plata County are preparing for a busy summer season, and some expect large projects could put pressure on a small labor pool. “I imagine that it is only going to get compounded a...

DATE: April 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

N.M. Democrat-led Legislature likely to increase minimum wage

SANTA FE – The new Democratic majority in the New Mexico Legislature is likely to take up a statewide minimum wage increase next year and send the proposal to Republican Gov. Susanna Martinez, who...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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. 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot battle intensifies in fight to raise Colorado minimum wage

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

Proponents of minimum wage hike attacked over workers’ pay

DENVER – Proponents of a ballot initiative that would gradually raise the minimum wage in Colorado paid petition workers at least $12 an hour, according to an amended report. The campaign was...

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

New Mexico pension funds miss targets for returns

SANTA FE – New Mexico’s two major public pension funds have missed targets for investment returns for a second consecutive year, likely pushing up unfunded liabilities that can extend the time it...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Signatures submitted to raise Colorado’s minimum wage

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 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News