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This week, Campaign for Healthy Denver activists, dressed in infectious disease masks, turned in 12,000 petition signatures for a ballot initiative that would give paid sick days to Denver workers. The group has collected three times the nearly 4000 signatures required and the Denver City Clerk now has 25 days to certify them.
Denver business leaders are predictably pushed back this week against Gov. Bill Ritter's latest budget-cutting plan. Ritter has proposed adding $131.8 million to revenues by suspending business tax exemptions. The move would generate a little more than 10 percent of the estimated $1.02 billion missing in the budget. Ritter unveiled the budget-cut proposal on Friday. Metro Chamber of Commerce business executives voiced their opposition at a meeting Tuesday at the state capitol.