Supporters of Proposition 118, which includes the Colorado Democratic Party, emphasize benefits for the state economy, as well as workers and their families:
- Colorado Families First: "Eighty percent of Coloradans don’t have access to paid family and medical leave. They can’t afford to take time off work to care for a newborn baby or a seriously ill loved one — something that’s needed now, more than ever. ... Currently, 2.6 million Coloradans would benefit from the program. ... Coloradans should not have to choose between paying their bills and taking care of their seriously ill family members or having a baby. Eight states, including Oregon, Washington, and Connecticut, have passed similar paid family and medical leave programs. These programs have had lower than expected costs, increased employee retention and have boosted morale. "
- Colorado State Representatives Faith Winter (D) and Matt Gray (D): "In fact, paid family and medical leave is a win not just for Colorado workers, but for Colorado businesses as well. It provides a low-cost option to all businesses to help their employees and the public stay healthy and safe. Additionally, small businesses with fewer than 10 employees won’t have to pay anything to cover their workers, but employees will still be able to access the benefit. The fight for paid family and medical leave has been a long one, but this November we have our chance to do right by Colorado workers and businesses." [Source]