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Colorado Initiative 115 (2008)

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Initiative 115 or the Employer Responsibility for Health Insurance Initiative would have required every employer that employs 20 or more employees in Colorado to provide major medical health care coverage for its employees and their dependents, and would have set up a health insurance authority to administer the program.

This measure was a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment.


This measure was sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7. It was a new version of an earlier proposal (Initiative 92) that was filed as part of a counter-attack in retaliation against the Right to Work Initiative (Initiative 41), which would prohibit union costs from being deducted from the paychecks of employees who choose not to join the union.[1][2][3]


The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and other business interests have indicated that they will oppose all such initiatives, which they see as negatively affecting the state's business climate.[4]

"Continued support of these initiatives creates an adversarial dynamic between these groups and threatens Colorado's economic peace and vitality," the Chamber said in a statement, adding that the current Labor Peace Act has "served Colorado well for 60 years in allowing for cordial relations between management and labor."[4]

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce launched a group called Coloradans for Responsible Reform, which is raising money from business interests to oppose this initiative as well as numerous other initiatives that they see as anti-business.[5]

The National Federation of Independent Business of Colorado announced May 1, 2008, that it has joined Coloradans for Responsible Reform in the effort.[5]


The measure did not make the ballot.

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