Aurora mayor spars with council member over proposal to raise minimum wage to $20 an hour

AURORA, Colo. — There’s no question Colorado is an expensive place to live. So expensive, an Aurora City Council member recently proposed raising the minimum wage to $20 an hour.

But, businesses say they can’t bear the cost of such a dramatic wage increase, especially as the coronavirus pandemic has slashed demand and interest in restaurant dining and retail shopping.

When Sanjeev Kanherkar and his wife opened the Great Greek Mediterranean Grill directly across from Children’s Hospital in Aurora, they had no idea they would be shut down just one month later.

“We opened this place on February 15th of this year,” Kanherkar explained from the somewhat empty dining room of his brand new restaurant. “And to kind of add salt to the wound, our financing was also denied by the bank because of the COVID crisis.”

His first year has been anything but smooth.

“And even now, are

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