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POLICY POSITIONS & UPCOMING BILLS

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PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

  • Protect against retaliation for discussing salaries.

  • Prohibit employers from requiring salary history during the interview and hiring process.

  • Require employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons.

  • Provide plaintiffs who file sex-based wage discrimination claims under the Equal Pay Act with remedies. 

  • Remove obstacles in the Equal Pay Act to participation in class action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination.

  • Create a negotiation skills program for women & girls.

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MINIMUM WAGE

According to recent economic reports:

  • Raising the minimum wage benefits the nation's lowest wage workers and yields benefits for employers and businesses. 

  • Higher wages for lower earners decrease employee turnover.

  • According to the Economic Policy Institute, 7 of 10 minimum wage workers in Wyoming are women.

  • In Wyoming, DWS recommends raising the minimum wage to help close the gender wage gap.

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MEDICAID EXPANSION

Wyoming is one of 14 states that did NOT expand Medicaid.

  • According to a study, the 14 states that refused expansion showed their expenses increased drastically after 2012.

  • A 2018 study from the University of Colorado found that non-expansion states saw a sharp increase of hospital closings.

  • Multiple studies have found that Medicaid Expansion has helped people get or maintain work. 

  • Death rates dropped in the states that expanded Medicaid, saving 19,200 lives over four years.

 

INTERIM COMMITTEE TOPICS

Did you know that the Legislature determines priority topics to address in the interim between legislative sessions? Members bring suggestions to their Committees, Committees prioritize those suggestions and take them to Management Council, and Management Council sets out a slate of topics. Here are some of the topics we're tracking.

AGING SERVICES & PROGRAMS: CARING FOR CAREGIVERS AND WYOMING'S SENIORS

Women are more likely to be caregivers for the aging - both paid and unpaid - as well as statistically likely to outlive men. Issues facing our seniors have a direct impact on women's & their economic security.

WORKFORCE SERVICES: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & SECURITY

Gender wage gap, access to capital, support for economic diversification and development, wage increases: our focus is ensuring that government, private industry, and women work together.

CHILDCARE, PREGNANCY, AND WOMEN'S HEALTH

These topics came up individually, but we think that they are indivisible. Childcare, pregnancy, and women's healthcare are essential elements for workforce development and of economic development.