Aurora families in northern Colorado are celebrating with another pay raise, with the legislature passing a $12.2 million farm bill that will provide the families with a $8,000 bonus in 2017 and 2018.
The bill was passed Tuesday with only a handful of Republicans opposed to it, but Republicans said it was important to pass the farm bill, and they hoped to pass it in the coming weeks.
The Aurora-area farmers’ union and Aurora-based food-processing companies, Aurora-Boulder and Aurora Meat, also announced a $1,000-per-year bonus for all Aurora employees, as well as a $10,000 payment to Aurora-Area residents for the first year.
The House passed the farm package in a vote of 138-121, with all Republicans voting against it.
The legislation also requires that farm workers be paid a 10-percent increase every year to cover inflation, while giving a $15,000 raise to Aurora employees who work on the Aurora meat processing and packing plants.
The farm bill passed in the House also provides $1 million for a regional food-safety fund to help Aurora communities deal with the health hazards associated with the pesticide use and other toxic chemicals used in livestock production.
The Senate has yet to take up the farm-bill package.