Minimum Wage Increases in CO, Local Businesses Respond

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Higher pay comes for Coloradans in 2020.

The state’s minimum wage increases from $11.10/hr. to $12.00/hr. This rise in wages impacts businesses across the grand valley.


“It impacts us with labor costs and pricing on our food,” said Joel Kuxhausen, general manager of Cafe Sol on Main Street in Grand Junction.


For one server at The Goat and Clover Tavern, her wage increases to $8.98/hour. Most of her wages, however, come in tips. She says she makes more money much faster through tips. Most of her paycheck is absorbed in taxes after she reports the tips she receives.


“I’d say minimum wage for servers doesn’t really affect us,” said Angela Rapp. “Most people don’t really pay attention to their paycheck.”


We also spoke to Brown’s Shoe Fit in Downtown Grand Junction. The owner says the minimum wage hike won’t necessarily impact him and his employees.


“We pay a combination of an hourly wage plus commission,” said Gregg Palmer, owner of Brown’s. “We have people who make anywhere from $13-$19/hr. depending on the month and how much they sell.”

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