Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, La Cueva owner, come out against minimum wage hike in Prop 70


AURORA | Mayor Steve Hogan came out Tuesday against a ballot measure that would increase the state’s minimum wage.

In a statement from the campaign against Amendment 70, Hogan said the measure would harm low-wage workers and small businesses.

“Amendment 70 will inevitably cause layoffs and hurt the very people it is supposed to help,” Hogan said.

The measure seeks to increase the minimum wage gradually from the current $8.31 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020.

Backers of the plan say it would help working families struggling to make ends meet even though they work full-time.

Aurora City Council has not taken a stance on the ballot question.

In addition to Hogan’s opposition, the “No” campaign also said Alfonso Nunez, owner of La Cueva Mexican restaurant in Aurora and a past city council candidate, is opposing the measure. Nunez is appearing in a commercial for the “No” campaign.