Special Session & Interim 2020
In a non-pandemic year, we'd be working Interim Committee Topics as recommended by Committee Chairs and assigned by Management Council. Instead, we have those plus COVID-19 related topics fast-tracked for a second special session in June 2020. Plus topics to address waning revenue from industry. Read on to find out the key issues coming to the Legislature in Summer 2020.
Generating New Revenue
Perhaps the heaviest lift of all will be convincing a state with few personal taxes (no income tax, low sales, property, fuel, and alcohol taxes) to implement tax policy. We'll be advocating for a more progressive tax system: The one we have negatively impacts women and families.
Impact of COVID-19 on Women
As the pandemic has lingered on, the impacts on women have come into sharp relief. We're working with ESPC, WyWF, and WySAC to determine how COVID-19 has impacted women and policy positions--like gender wage gap, childcare, and paid family leave--that will improve the situation.
Paycheck Fairness Act
A Paycheck Fairness Act, modeled on federal efforts, would include:
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.
Create negotiation skills programs for women & girls.
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.
Wyoming is one of only 10 non-expansion states.
A 2018 study from the University of Colorado found non-expansion states saw increased hospital closures.
Studies show that Medicaid Expansion helps people get & keep work.
Death rates dropped in the states that expanded Medicaid, saving 19,200 lives over four years.