By Bob Geha, Cowboy State Daily
A proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage is awaiting action in the state House of Representatives.
HB 144 would require all businesses in the state to pay their employees at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Wyoming’s minimum wage is now set at $5.15 an hour, but the bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Yin, D-Jackson, would see the state’s minimum wage replaced by the federal wage.
The bill would also allow county commissioners to establish minimum wages within their counties that are higher than the federal minimum wages.
Yin said many employers in Wyoming already pay more than the minimum wage because the cost of living in Wyoming is rising.
The bill must receive the support of 40 representatives to be introduced.