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Paid family, sick leave initiative a step closer to ballot in Colorado


DENVER (AP) - A liberal coalition says it has collected more than enough voter signatures to get a paid family leave initiative onto Colorado's November ballot.

Colorado Families First said Friday it submitted more than 205,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office for review. Just over 124,000 valid signatures are needed to qualify for the ballot.

The initiative would create a $1.3 billion state-run paid family and medical leave insurance program, The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported. Employers and workers would pay into the fund, which would allow workers to be paid while taking time off for medical reasons for themselves or family.

Employees could qualify for up to 90% of regular weekly pay - but no more than $1,100 per week - for up to 12 weeks of leave. Current federal law allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of medical leave without requiring employers to pay them.

Colorado’s largest business chambers have fended off efforts by state Democratic lawmakers to create a paid family leave program, questioning the cost to employers and workers as well as the fiscal soundness of the proposals.

Inspired by the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers did pass legislation requiring employers to provide at least six days of paid sick leave - 16 during a declared public health emergency.

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  1. “reeee reeee reeee how dare poor people have rights. Reeee reeee reeee Nazi commie socialist black lives antifas ruining my good ole trailer park. REEEE”. There i hit all the key points the local conservative crap chompers on this site post. They can skip it and go back to drinking light beer, punching their wives, and pretending to be Christians.

    1. Put your pink pussyhat on and tuck it in while you dance around chanting Defund the Police and BLM slogans!!


      What a sad angry person you are. Liberal and miserable..they rhyme for a reason. Your made up fantasy of what a conservative is is laughable. To much MSNBC is my guess!!
      Are you Bernie and Hillary stickers all sun faded by now?
      Are you fired up for old Sleepy Joe Biden…he is into young girls so you guys have that in common. Tell us how Joe will save us all! So long as he picks a woman and a non white one to appease the purple hair losers like yourself.
      Get us fired up for Joe 2012..or 3016….uh 1983…he don’t know what year it is!!

  2. This measure by Socialist Democrats is one more step toward being dependent on the government…one step closer to socialism. Freedom is actually being LESS dependent on government.

    1. Funny retard cos the top 10 “most free” societies have good social service nets. But who needs facts when we have people like you reaching elbow deep up their asses and ripping this crap out.

      1. Hahahahaha Projection! YOU actually have your arm up your ass!
        Creep into your kids room again tonight?

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