Did Someone Say Wage Increase?
$5.15 is the current hourly wage in Wyoming, one of the lowest in America. A new proposed bill would raise it to $9.00.
Who would have thought Wyoming has one of the lowest hourly wages in the country? We are so prosperous with oil, natural gas, technology and military in the Equality state. The bill would boost the minimum wage for tipped employees from $2.13 to $5 an hour.
Federal law dictates a $7.25 minimum hourly wage. So even though our state is lower, federal law nearly always beats out this. You'll more likely see folks starting at $7.25/hour around these parts. Here's the problem: There is a bill before congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10/hour. Which would defeat us trying to raise it to $9.00.
We all know not all companies can afford a flat raise across the board for their employees. If either of these bills come to fruition, it could mean a few workers being let go. Which is never an outcome we want.
What to support? Keeping it the same, so we can keep jobs? Or raising the minimum, but letting a few go? Tough choices...