Initiative 300: What Are Denver’s Priorities?

Photo by Kelsey Whipple, Denver Westword


By Mariel Beasley, Staff Editor

This November, Denver residents will vote on Initiative 300, which would require all employers with more than 10 employees to provide 9 days of sick leave per full-time employee. Proponents frame it as a policy that’s good for public health but the business community asserts that it will drive away investors and punish small businesses. Chances are it won’t prevent the spread of as much illness or cost as much to business as either party claims. But if they’re both at least partially right, the vote will come down to priorities. The nationwide movements of Occupy Wall Street suggest that parts of the public are tired of business always being the priority. We’ll see how Denver feels in November.


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