Efforts to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to nine dollars an hour failed to gain traction in the Wyoming House of Representatives. They voted down the bill Tuesday, 51 to 9. The wage mainly impacts service workers.
Cheyenne Democrat Jim Byrd was the sponsor. He said that he was attempting to help people earn a living wage. He also said that it wouldn’t hurt business owners, but it would help the local economy.
The President wants to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour. Wyoming’s congressional delegation quickly opposed the idea, saying it will force Wyoming’s small business community to hire and retain fewer workers. But the U-S Labor Department’s Seth Harris says his office has studied minimum wage hikes extensively and he says such an increase would help the economy, not hurt it.