(April 7) – Rep. Jessie Danielson castigated three Senate Republicans this morning after they voted last night to halt the state’s effort to identify and correct the causes of pay inequality for Colorado women.
A 50-state study earlier this year found that the pay of Colorado women compared to men in the same jobs has fallen by 2 cents, to 78 cents for every dollar made by men. Despite our famously booming economy, Colorado lags below the national average, which is 82 cents.
Rep. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, introduced a bill, HB15-1133, to continue the Colorado Pay Equity Commission, the only forum in Colorado where businesses, employees and leaders in the community have been coming together to identify the problems of pay inequality and work toward women finally achieving equal pay for equal work.
The bill passed the House last month with bipartisan support. Yet in a party-line vote last night, Senate Republicans on the State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee defeated the bill and eliminated the Pay Equity Commission.
“Killing the Pay Equity Commission is a slap in the face to all Colorado women,” Rep. Danielson said. “Equal pay for equal work means more economic security for families and a stronger middle class. The votes last night by Senate Republicans are indefensible. They move us farther from our goal of a stronger Colorado economy for everyone.”
The Pay Equity Commission will cease to exist on July 1.