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Gov. Mead Vetoes Unemployment Insurance Worker’s Misconduct Bill

Governor Matt Mead vetoed the Unemployment Insurance-Worker's Misconduct bill Thursday. Dan Neal with the Equality State Policy Center says the bill was originated in order to deny workers unemployment benefits if they were fired for willful misconduct but Neal says the bill ended up being a bill that meant workers could be fired and denied benefits for just about anything

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Workers Memorial Day Website
Workers Memorial Day Website
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Casper Breakfast To Honor Work Place Fatalities

Since 1992, one Wyoming worker has died on the job, on average, every 10 days.

Those numbers come from the Equality State Policy Center. ESPC also reminds us that Wyoming has one of the worst on-the-job fatality rates in the nation

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Karen Snyder, K2 Radio
Karen Snyder, K2 Radio
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More Light For Wyoming Sunshine Laws

Government watchdogs and the general public in Wyoming have new tools to keep track of what agencies and boards are doing. The budget session that ended Thursday advanced two bills that address concerns rising out of the digital age

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Dan Neal, Equality State Policy Center
Dan Neal, Equality State Policy Center
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ESPC Goes To Washington

As Washington gets closer to hammering out a federal budget. Watch dog groups monitoring the process have big concerns for proposed cuts to social service programs.  Wyoming's, Dan Neal, of the Equality State Policy Center, is in Washington this week meeting with our state's congressional delegation.

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Wyoming Legislature, Amy Richards, TSM
Wyoming Legislature, Amy Richards, TSM
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Wyo Legislature Looks At Mapping Campaign Spending

from the Wyoming News Service

One of the items on the Wyoming Legislature’s to-do list is a result of the U-S Supreme Court ruling in the “Citizens United” case related to corporations and direct spending in elections. Current Wyoming law that prohibits corporations and unions from direct spending has to change, and a state Senate committee is looking at the options .

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Project Healthcare; Consumer Advocate
Project Healthcare; Consumer Advocate (ESPC)
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Preexisting Conditions? No Problem.

Chronic health problems and no current insurance coverage are 'no problem' under the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan being offered in Wyoming.  Only a couple of dozen people have signed up for the insurance so far - the coverage is part of federal healthcare reform.   Marguerite Herman, with  Wyoming’s Consumer Advocates: Project Healthcare,  thinks folks just don’t know it’s available and many have stopped bothering to look.  "They can’t find insurance, or the insurance they can find is simply beyond their means. It’s not affordable to them."

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