SPECIAL SESSION 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.
Medicaid Expansion states have stronger economies than non-Expansion states, they have more jobs, their hospitals stay open, and they outperform non-Expansion states. And Medicaid expansion states have significantly fewer uninsured people in the midst of the COVID-19 recession.
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.
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.
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.