Colorado voters on Tuesday accomplished what Democratic lawmakers spent nearly a decade trying and failing to do, approving the creation of a new state-administered insurance program that will offer up to 12 weeks of paid leave to all Colorado workers.
Shortly after 10:00 p.m., the Associated Press projected that voters had passed Proposition 118, placed on Colorado’s 2020 ballot through a signature-gathering campaign backed by progressive groups earlier this year. With more than 2.7 million ballots cast, the measure leads with 57% of the vote.
Coloradans just passed the first ever ballot measure for paid family & medical leave!!!
Help is on the way for 2.6 million Coloradans who will now be able to be there when their family needs them most.
Thanks to all the volunteers & supporters who helped to make this happen! pic.twitter.com/SUhAoQJGQ7
— Yes On 118: Colorado Families First (@YesOn118) November 4, 2020
Passage of the paid-leave measure follows repeated failures by Democrats at the State Capitol to pass a similar program via legislation. As established by Proposition 118, the program will be funded through a new 0.9% payroll premium split between employers and employees. Workers would be entitled to paid-leave benefits of up to $1,100 per week for up to 12 weeks, for a variety of reasons including the birth of a child and caring for themselves or a family member with a serious medical condition.