By Jesse Sarles

(CBS4) – Sen. Bernie Sanders says Colorado voters’ approval of a plan to create a program mandating paid family and medical leave for workers is part of a bigger trend: voters approving progressive agendas across the country.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters at a rally at Civic Center Park on September 9, 2019 in Denver.

Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally at Civic Center Park on Sept. 9, 2019 in Denver. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

The Vermont politician who made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for president wrote on Sunday about Proposition 118 on social media. It applies to workers across all industries and income levels. Opponents had said the coronavirus pandemic makes such a program unaffordable, but supporters say the pandemic requires it.

“Florida passed a $15 minimum wage. Montana, South Dakota, Arizona & New Jersey legalized marijuana. Colorado passed 12 weeks of paid family leave. Arizona increased taxes on the rich to fund education. All over America, voters approved a progressive agenda. Now, Congress must act,” he wrote on Facebook and on Twitter.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will be responsible for setting up the program. Employers and employees will have to pay a payroll premium beginning Jan. 1, 2023. It will provided eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid and medical leave beginning in 2024.

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Comments (2)
  1. BRIAN says:

    Dear socialist liberal A##holes of Colorado. Can you get any dumber? Where you going to get a job when there are no businesses in the state anymore? All your doing is raising the prices everywhere and getting less services because all the smart business owners “that could” took their businesses to a different state. You people are pathetically stupid

  2. Kim says:

    F**k socialism. The mouse does not understand why the cheese is free.

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