Wednesday, January 21st, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: After the Republican majority on the Colorado Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee voted to prematurely halt the unfinished work of the state’s Pay Equity Commission, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee today voted against the recommendation of nonpartisan staff to continue the important work of the Pay Equity Commission,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “The commission was charged with researching the ongoing problem of pay inequity in Colorado and developing best practices both for private industry and the state of Colorado to ensure women and men receive equal pay for equal work. Republicans disregarded the opinion of witness after witness, the mountain of studies proving that pay inequity remains a problem, and even the state’s own experts to come to this terrible decision.”

“Hard working women across Colorado deserve better than they got from the Republican Colorado Senate majority today,” said Runyon-Harms. “We call on the General Assembly to immediately take up a new bill to continue the vital work of Pay Equity Commission to its conclusion. There is too much at stake for this short-sightedness.”