Finally, some good news about working families in this country: in 2015, lower and middle income workers saw real income gains, and the median income gain was 5.2 percent. It confirms what most of us know: working families are what is leading us out of the recession. They are the bedrock of the recovery. When lower and middle income workers make money, they spend it on consumer goods and services, keeping their local economy humming.
But this good news isn’t enough. It can’t be a one-off. We have lived through decades of wage stagnation and the hollowing out of the middle-class. In fact, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the median wage in Colorado is the same as it was in 1985.