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Minimum Wage Hike Fails

February 13, 2014 State of Wyoming No Comments
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A bill that would have raised the state’s required minimum wage from $5.15 to $9.00 an hour has failed to win the necessary 2/3 majority in order to be introduced for discussion. Wyoming Representative James Byrd of Laramie County explained that the increase would manifest itself inmore money spent in communities for necessities.  However, Representative Kendell Kroeker of Natrona County argued it would adversely impact entry-level jobs.  Kroeker told the lawmakers, “We’re going to increase our unemployment rate, because that’s what happens every time you raise the minimum wage:  unemployment goes up, and it goes up against the entry level workers who are the ones who need a start and need experience.” The measure failed with 51 votes against it (including both of Teton County’s representatives) and 9 in favor.

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