Paid Family Leave

As a former small business owner with as many as 60 full-time employees, I can attest to both the need for paid family leave and the difficulty of shouldering the expense. The Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) bill that is being introduced this session addresses both issues. (I am a founding member of Good Business Colorado, a business organization advocating for economic mobility for Colorado workers.) While the bill details …

Minimum Wage

Nobody can get by on $8.31 per hour. Franklin Roosevelt enacted the minimum wage in 1938 to keep working families out of poverty. Clearly another boost is needed to achieve that goal today. Businesses are often vocal opponents of any increases. They argue jobs will be lost and companies will be forced to shut down. In reality, research shows that there is little or no negative effect on jobs or small …

Living Wage

Reading about the pay rates and employment practices of the city of Boulder and the University of Colorado and the companies they contract with is disturbing. Boulder has spent millions of tax dollars creating affordable housing, caring for the homeless and providing a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. Taxpayers have given this money because we value fairness, diversity and compassion. Now we learn that the city uses our …

Gratitude for our business success

I am a small business owner or job creator as we are now called. There has been much talk lately about how enterprises like mine are a vital cog in the economic engine of America. Pundits on the right suggest that small business owners should be furiously angry about President Obama’s recent remarks during a campaign speech. He said business in America depended on the infrastructure that has been created, …