Making Democracy Work

Social Policy

Focus of the Social Policy Team

The Social Policy Team has three main areas of interest:
  • Immigration: Read our position here. We studied the rights of noncitizens, including undocumented immigrants, in Boulder County, and presented our findings to League members and the public at two meetings in November 2016.
    To read our findings on Noncitizen Rights click here (PDF, 10 p.).

  • Meeting Basic Human Needs. Individuals and families "have the right to an income and/or services sufficient to meet their basic needs." We advocate a Living Wage for municipal employees in Boulder County. Read our position on Minimum / Living Wages here, p. 9 (last page).

  • Equality of Opportunity. We are looking at privilege and oppression, and at institutional injustice affecting People of Color in Boulder County. We are looking at diversity and at ways to achieve inclusion in our county and in our League.

Join Us

We meet on the third Sunday afternoon of most months, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.
Like all League Issue Teams, we welcome new participants! You don't have to be an expert--or even a League member--to attend on of our team meetings and learn more. Contact Social Policy Team Leader for meeting location and more information about our agenda.

Living Wage in Boulder County

Boulder City Council has adopted Living Wage in the 2017 city budget. LWVBC began to advocate for Living Wage in Boulder in 2014, and in 2016 joined other county organizations and individuals in the coalition Self-Sufficiency 2016

Our advocacy is now focused on Boulder County and the municipalities within Boulder County.

What is "living wage"? In contrast to minimum wage, living wage ordinances establish a wage floor above the state or federal minimum wage. The wage floor is based on the hourly wage that a full-time worker would need to support her family at some multiple of the federal poverty guidelines. The aim is to protect workers by setting minimum wages that exceed the poverty level and to strengthen the local economy.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard

The Self-Sufficiency Standard (SSS) measures how much income a family of a certain composition in a given place needs to meet their basic needs adequately, without public or private assistance. For example, the SSS in Boulder County for a family with one adult and one pre-schooler is $56,718 annually ($26.86 hourly.)

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