The holidays should be filled with family, fun and thanks for all we’ve been given over the last year. But as the time approaches to flip the calendar to 2019, it’s also worth reflecting on our accomplishments and shortcomings.

On that note, a recently released set of reports from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy — a group that advocates on behalf of low-income residents in the state — caught my eye. The series devoted to the state’s “Self-Sufficiency Standard” shows that more than one in four Coloradans don’t earn enough to pay for their basic needs. In other words, wages aren't keeping pace with the rising cost of living.

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