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What's the Difference Between Minimum Wage and Living Wage in Denver?

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 05:28 PM EDT

Denver ‘s minimum wage stands at $8.23 an hour, the same as all of Colorado’s minimum wage and almost $1 above the federal minimum wage.

Colorado’s minimum wage increased from $8 to $8.23 at the beginning of 2015 after Denver fast food workers went on strike in September 2014 demanding higher wages. As the cost of living in Denver continues to rise, minimum wage workers are still not satisfied.

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Many have become a part of the national Fight for 15 movement, which urges minimum wage workers throughout U.S. cities to rally for a $15 minimum wage. The movement has taken up a large social media presence throughout U.S. cities.

Impassioned by the cause, Twitter handle Anggie reported she will collect signatures for the Fight for 15 movement:

In April 2015, a Fight for 15 protest managed to shut down a Denver McDonald’s. Carolyn Livingston, Colorado Restaurant Association spokeswoman, lamented that even with the current $8.23 rate, “There is no way a restaurant can possibly maintain its business the way it is now.” She warned CBS Denver that another increase in the minimum wage could ruin the fast food industry.

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Denver fast food workers’ rallies may appear to be vain, as the majority GOP senate committee voted to deny local governments the right to impose minimum wage rates above the $8.23 state rate in April 2015.

The cost of living in Denver is steadily increasing, driving low-wage workers to continue their protests. The price of food in Denver rose 3.3 percent from 2013 to 2014 and overall prices jumped 2.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Electricity and natural gas prices also increased. The cost of living in Colorado beyond Denver is approximately the national average.

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