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People’s Review: LIVE! What happened in Cheyenne?

April 9, 2021 Powerful grassroots momentum helped garner broad, historic support for a number of important bills at this year’s legislative session, including a bill to expand Medicaid eligibility and one to repeal the death penalty in the state. Next week, policy experts and advocates from the ACLU of Wyoming, the Wyoming Outdoor Council, the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and …

Thank You.

March 31, 2021

We wanted to share the same thank you message that Healthy Wyoming offered up on their website in the wake of the historic advances and ultimate defeat of Medicaid expansion in the 66th Wyoming Legislature. Read on.

An update on education funding from the Wyoming Education Association

March 25, 2021 Education funding is one of the most significant topics during the 2021 legislative session. With a $300 million structural deficit, the discussion has focused largely on proposed cuts to education—the subject of much debate since the last interim. The numerous iterations and proposals to solve the education funding deficit began with House Bill 61, the School Finance …

Say THANK YOU to the Representatives Who Said YES to Medicaid Expansion!

UPDATE 3/24/21: HB 162 PASSED OUT OF THE HOUSE! Check out how your rep. voted today and please send them a note of thanks if they were in support! Ayes:  Representative(s) Banks, Barlow, Brown, Clifford, Connolly, Crago, Duncan, Eklund, Eyre, Harshman, Henderson, Kinner, Larsen, L, Macguire, Martinez, Newsome, Nicholas, Oakley, Obermueller, O’hearn, Olsen, Paxton, Provenza, Roscoe, Schwartz, Sherwood, Sommers, Stith, Sweeney, …

Medicaid Expansion Bill Advances to House Floor with Strong Support from the Public and House Members

March 18, 2021 CHEYENNE—Tonight the House Revenue Committee passed House Bill 162, a bill that will increase access to Medicaid for thousands of low-income, hard-working Wyoming residents who are currently uninsured. Healthy Wyoming, a coalition of dozens of groups across working to expand the Medicaid health insurance program in Wyoming, has worked tirelessly to advance bills in both chambers during the 66th Wyoming …

Newlin: Racialized rhetoric in legislature hearkens back to “Yellow Peril,” implicitly fuels anti-Asian violence

March 17, 2021 FROM THE CASPER-STAR TRIBUNE Sword-shaped lettering slashes across a dragon with wild, bulging eyes. A dark-skinned man scowls under his pointed mustache and turban. “See ‘The Yellow Menace’ in pictures beginning tomorrow!” reads a 1916 film poster. Viewers are assured that the lead – a “sinister demon of Mongolian birth, fired with hatred for the white races …

Our 2020 Impact Report Is Here!

When all of us here at ESPC paused recently to take stock of what your support accomplished for the people of Wyoming in 2020—a year filled with challenges—we were truly blown away. I hope you’ll read our inaugural impact report and feel as proud as we are of what you helped us achieve for Wyoming! I also hope you’ll stay …

New Report: Key Policy Changes Would Ensure More Wyoming Women in Elected Office

February 26, 2021

The Wyoming Women’s Foundation (WYWF), in partnership with the Equality State Policy Center (ESPC) today released a policy brief on Wyoming Women in Elected Roles. The six-page report was prepared by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. It is part of a series of briefs the partners are working on to examine the current status of women in various areas that impact economic self-sufficiency.