THURSDAY UPDATE: Colorado Public Radio’s Rachel Estabrook reports:
In an interview with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner, the Democratic governor said he is concerned that people making minimum wage now can’t afford to live in many parts of Colorado.
“I’m not sure there’s another way to help move more people out of poverty than to raise the minimum wage… I think in this country, if you work 40 hours a week, and you work hard, you ought to be able to afford an apartment somewhere,” Hickenlooper said.
That’s the late-breaking word from Colorado Public Radio via Twitter:
Hickenlooper just told us he’ll vote for minimum wage hike, medically-assisted death, & tobacco tax increase. Interview Thurs. #copolitics
— Colorado Matters (@ColoradoMatters) September 28, 2016
We’ll update with CPR’s interview tomorrow, but we figured readers would want to give feedback as soon as the word was out. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s support for Amendment 70, as a pro-business former bar owner, is a critical boost for the campaign to increase Colorado’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.
And it’ll be a pleasant surprise to his Democratic base.