"We knew that Rep. Klingenschmitt would bring bad ideas to the General Assembly," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "But even knowing what Klingenschmitt is capable of, his 'Right to Discriminate Act' is a shockingly terrible proposal. This legislation is so broadly written that it could allow Colorado businesses to discriminate against customers for trivial reasons--or even no reason at all. This bill seems to be an attack on Colorado's LGBT community, which makes sense given Rep. Klingenschmitt's belief that only those who agree with his moral views should receive 'government rewards' like equal rights. But the language is so poorly written that it invites discrimination against practically anyone."
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Do you know what the EITC is? My guess is, if you’re one of the working families who qualifies for the EITC, you know exactly what it is.
Last week, conservatives in the Colorado Senate voted to kill the state’s commission studying the problem of unequal pay for men and women in the workforce.
"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."
For millions of working people, this holiday will be a struggle. Income inequality is at its highest levels since just before the Great Depression. While the stock market soars and corporate profits roll in, the majority of American families are actually working harder this holiday season and earning less.
"Tonight was not a win for Colorado," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Tonight was a win for ideological extremists and wealthy special interests who don't care about our state's future. After years of recession, Colorado families are finally getting back on their feet, and our state is headed in the right direction--but we are now at the mercy of irresponsible radicals who want to drag us backward."
Businesswomen gathered at local restaurant Maria Empanada owned by Lorena Cantorovici to discuss the economically crushing policies that Cory Gardner has supported in Congress. While he has tried to hide or even run from his votes, the record is clear: Cory Gardner’s positions hurt women and families in Colorado.
In the wake of last week's Stand Up to ALEC National Day of Action, which saw actions in nearly two dozen states, groups from across the country including ProgressNow Colorado are launching a new weekly program called "Mondays with ALEC"--a series of actions aimed at exposing the full corporate-funded, profit-driven agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
A press release from ProgressNow Colorado.