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    Bill to increase Wyoming minimum wage fails

    A measure that would have increased the Wyoming minimum wage died on the floor of the Wyoming House this week.

    According to a Wyoming Tribune Eagle report, House Bill 273 failed by a 36-23 vote. The bill was sponsored by House Minority Leader Cathy Connolly of Laramie.

    The bill would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. State law sets the current minimum wage at $5.15 an hour, however, the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour supersedes the state in most workplaces.

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    Connolly had argued that raising the minimum wage would help those struggling to get by, but opponents said the government should let the free market decide rates of pay.

     

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