WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?
WE LOVE WYOMING...
That's why we are working to create a better place for ourselves and for generations to come.
Here are a few areas that we can make progress in Wyoming if we come together to make it happen:
Only 15% of eligible voters under 35 are expected to vote this year in Wyoming.
If millennials - the youngest generation of voters, and also the largest - are not making our voices heard through voting, we are not being represented in local government and neither are our interests.
We could make voting more accessible in Wyoming by passing automatic voter registration laws, allowing online voter registration, supporting vote-by-mail, and creating polling places on college campuses.
The voices of Wyoming women are not adequately represented in our state government, which leaves out their stories and perspectives on state and local policy.
To increase representation, we can support more women in their interest to run for office and support organizations who provide resources to women. Better representation of Wyoming women in elected office will help bring issues like ending violence towards women, access to reproductive healthcare, economic justice, early childhood education, and more to the forefront.
Only 1 in 10 Wyoming state legislators are women, the lowest representation
in the country.
In 2014, the wage gap accounted for a loss of 1.3 billion dollars for Wyoming’s full-time working women.
While this wage inequality is caused by a host of factors, like barriers to entry in male-dominated fields like STEM, and overt discrimination, there are a few things that are proven to close the gap.
Legislators could raise the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage, support wage transparency, pursue economic diversification, and invest in affordable, high-quality child care and early childhood education.
Wyoming women make $.77 for every dollar that men make, accounting for
one of the worst gender pay gaps
in the nation.
Wyoming does not have a statewide
No protections for LGBTQIA+ folks in Wyoming means that it’s legal for a landlord to evict a tenant, or for a boss to fire a worker, simply for being gay or transgender. WY scored a tally of 0.75 out of 37 from the Movement Advancement Project for our LGBT equality policy, and yet, we call ourselves the Equality State.
The first step is for the Legislature to pass a statewide ordinance to ensure no one is discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity.
Even further cuts are threatening the future of public education students. Without reliable funding, there will be no quality education in Wyoming.
Legislators can pass laws to stabilize income directed toward education and commit to making funding for high-quality public education a priority, for the sake of future generations.
$77 million has been cut from Wyoming public education in the last two years.
Nearly half of Wyoming is managed as part of national public lands, and many of us grew up on those lands.
Wyoming’s open spaces are what make it unique. Through camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, climbing, biking and more, about 775,000 people recreate on public lands in Wyoming every year.
Since 2013, the Legislature has considered 9 different bills relating to transferring that land to the state, putting those lands at risk to private development and losing our access to those rugged and wild places that help define what it means to live in Wyoming.
This leaves Wyoming people and programs vulnerable to the whims of energy companies’ success and failure.
Diversity in industry would create jobs in new sectors, such as data services and outdoor recreation and tourism, and provide consistent revenues for the benefit of Wyoming residents. As it stands now, these cycles of plenty and scarcity prevent us from investing in and maintaining quality public education, managing public lands, and funding much-needed social programs like mental health services.
The first step towards economic diversity is for legislators to update Wyoming’s tax code so that we can capitalize on industries other than energy.
70% of Wyoming’s budget depends on boom-and-bust cycles of revenue from oil and natural gas industries.
TO SUM IT UP
It’s important to vote intelligently in local elections, because a local government can dramatically shape the place you live.
City councils have the power, for instance, to set their own minimum wage, ban plastic bags, pass LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances, establish municipal broadband networks, encourage eco-friendly development, and take other measures to enhance your quality of life.
We have the freedom to select our leaders and use the issues that matter to us most to inform our votes. We can build power and create communities that reflect our values through engaging with our right to vote.
This fight is far from over. We’re here to help simplify what’s going on, but we need your help fighting for better policies and creating ways for more people to access the decision-making process.