Background: The wealth gap in the U.S. continues to grow, recent studies show, and the same is true in Colorado. The state’s median income in 2018 was $68,811, according to Census figures. The recession is only expected to exacerbate the problem, experts say, and the economic divide between urban and rural Colorado remains an issue.
Level the playing field
A: Hickenlooper said he will fight for closing employment gaps in manufacturing, rural health care and technology with on-the-job training for students and investments in technology and internet access. His campaign says the goal is to level the playing field by raising minimum wage, closing the gender pay gap, offering tuition-free community college, growing minority-owned small businesses and strengthening unions.
A: Romanoff pledges to ensure equal pay for equal work, including full equality for LGBTQ+ people. His plan includes raising the minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living, restoring overtime pay and protecting against wage theft, providing job training for dislocated workers and more.