RUN Wyoming, The 2020 Edit

Starting this month, leaders across Wyoming can get essential leadership development training from state and national experts every Monday from 5-6pm. This 6-week virtual series is the updated-for-2020, COVID-19-specific edition of ESPC’s biannual, nonpartisan RUN training.  As part of The Gender Lens Project, we’ve designed this year’s edit to feature 100% women experts and panelists. We specifically want women who run small businesses, lead …

Meet Our PR: Live! Panelists

As a fourth-generation Wyoming native, Tate Mullen, Government Relations Director for the Wyoming Education Association, has strong ties to friends and family across the cowboy state. Tate was born in Cheyenne and raised in Casper, where he attended Natrona County High School and Casper Community College. Tate went on to Laramie, where he received his master’s degree in political science, …

Expanding the Medicaid Health Insurance Program

This week, Joint Interim Revenue considered several bills as part of an effort to address the looming deficit Wyoming faces. One of those bills, put forward by Management Council, was an expansion of the Medicaid health insurance program–with a 4-year sunset clause and a stipulation that if the federal match drops below 90%, Wyoming will leave. Unfortunately, Revenue failed to …

Women & The Wyoming Legislature

Yesterday, Bob Beck tackled a subject that ESPC keeps front of mind with our Gender Lens Project: women’s representation. Wyoming: First in Women’s Suffrage, Last in Female Representation “In Wyoming history, only 119 women have won legislative races. Since about half of the state is made up of women, it means they seriously lack representation. It’s an issue that has …

Ongoing COVID-19 Impacts on Women & Families

Yesterday, Korin Schmidt, Director of the Wyoming Department of Family Services, delivered a report to Joint Labor/Health. She highlighted the ongoing COVID-19 impacts on women and families. Two points stood out to us: You can see her full report here. Nick Reynolds, at the Casper Star Tribune, listened and immediately grasped the gravity of the situation. He reached out to …

Non-Profits and Women

We’re re-upping a portion of a post from our senior policy advisor, Jen Simon, who originally wrote about women and nonprofits over on the Wyoming Women’s Action Network blog. Why are we reposting it now? Because this week, nonprofits were explicitly excluded from the business relief grants in Wyoming. Read the guidelines from the Wyoming Business Council here. Check their …

Vote by Mail: The Latest in Wyoming

ESPC’s mission includes Fair Elections. And we’re committed to ensuring fair elections in the age of COVID-19. So we’ve been working on this issue alongside national groups like Secure Democracy, Unite America, Vote at Home, and the Brennan Center for Justice. Readers of this site know that we posted our letter to Secretary of State Buchanan encouraging him to make …