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The rebate program had been in effect for 41 years before lawmakers canned it in 2016 in the midst of a mineral bust.
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Meet Amanda. She's a typical low-wage worker in Wyoming. Like tens of thousands of others she's doing her best with a crummy hand made worse by the Wyoming State Legislature.
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An economist, a small business owner, and a waitress—all serving in the Wyoming Legislature—have been lonesome voices advocating for a higher minimum wage.
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Tens of thousands of Wyoming workers earn poverty wages or less. More money for them would mean more for their local economies, plus a decreased need for welfare and, of course, better lives.
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Big anti-hunger organizations have trouble distributing food across Wyoming's vast spaces before it sours or rots. But the problem might have local solutions.
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Wyoming has fewer of its hungry residents signed up for SNAP benefits than any other state, meaning we lose out on millions of dollars in federal food aid.
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Unlike everywhere else, Wyoming lacks a mechanism to coordinate its fight against hunger. Thankfully, some activists are working to change that.
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Many homeless people suffer from mental illness and addiction. Wyoming's lack of resources to treat these underlying problems contributes to more and more people on the streets.
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Casper's "Housing First" program is among the most effective anti-homelessness effort in the state. Its secret? Folks get a place to live—no strings attached.
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There are plenty of well-meaning people in Wyoming trying to make sure their neighbors have roofs over their heads. But the state has neglected to fund or develop infrastructure to ensure everyone is effectively working together.